1. How did you get involved in military librarianship?
While I was in Library School at the University of Southern Mississippi, the Library Director at Keesler Air Force Base opened created a “Librarian Trainee” spot for two students to share one position (alternating semesters). I was hired as a GS-7. This was similar to an Intern position. Once I graduated, I was placed into a full time position at Columbus Air Force Base. I’ve worked for DOD my entire career.
2. How did you get involved in DMIL?
I started attending MLW in 1998, but it wasn’t until a few years later when my kids were out of school that I was interested in becoming involved. That’s when I joined SLA & DMIL.
3. What has been your best experience working for the military?
I tell people I’ve worked in 5 different states, all with the same employer. I can also say I’m purple—I’ve worked for the Air Force, Navy, and now the Army. I’ve helped a medical researcher who was developing a protocol on how to treat brown recluse spider bites using hyperbaric oxygenation. I worked with a Special Operations officer writing a paper for Air Command & Staff College while he was in Afghanistan (the books came back with sand inside, but otherwise fine).
4. What has been your best experience being involved in DMIL?
All the friends I’ve made through the years. I also enjoyed being Treasurer. It’s not as hard as being a workshop chair!
5. What positions in DMIL have you held?
Treasurer, Chair-Elect, Chair, Past Chair, MLW Chair
6. If someone were to visit your library or your town, what would you be sure to show them or recommend that they see?
Huntsville is Rocket City, so the U.S. Space & Rocket Center is on my list for visitors. It’s a Smithsonian Affiliate museum, and has an original Saturn V rocket from the Apollo program.
7. Please recommend one LIS-specific book or article that you read recently that you found particularly good. What makes it worthwhile?
I’m currently going through a special issue of Information Standards Quarterly on Licensing Digital Content. There are a lot of issues that we will have to deal with.
8. If you were to recommend one book, just for fun, what would it be?
The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis. I first read them in High School, and I’ve reread them every 10 years or so.