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DMIL Member Interview with Tammy T. Lowery

DMIL Member Interview with Tammy T. Lowery

How did you get involved in military librarianship? 

I got involved with military librarianship by landing my first professional position–as director of Maxwell/Gunter Base Libraries at Maxwell AFB, Montgomery, AL.

How did you get involved in DMIL?  

A few years later after some job and life changes, I joined the Air Combat Command Information Research Service Center at Langley, AFB in Virginia.  That December, I attended the MLW in Monterey, CA.  Listening to dedicated DMIL members speak, I thought, hey, I need to be involved, too.

What has been your best experience working for the military?

I love being an Army Civilian for the potential it offers to work in any state and many countries overseas while staying with the same “company” so to speak.

I enjoy the diverse workforce.  I’ve interacted with over the years especially at the Presidio of Monterey.

I equated working for the Defense Language Institute there to having a world tour come to me.  I doubt I’ll work amongst a more richly diverse group of professionals ever again.  I cherish the many lessons I learned and the cultures to which I was introduced.

What has been your best experience being involved in DMIL?

Best experience  of DMIL is continuing to learn from my dynamic colleagues who keep me inspired through their commitment to the profession.  Enormous effort goes into  making MLTW’s happen and they are so important in terms of networking and shared problem solving.

Now that I am working in the equal employment opportunity career field, I appreciate the value of DMIL even more–there’s no equivalent for army EEO specialists, but the same need for networking and shared problem solving exists.

What positions in DMIL have you held? 

I’ve enjoyed being part of the Resources Committee for several years and look forward to many more!  I’ve also served as Membership Chair and Student Liaison.

If someone were to visit your library or your town, what would you be sure to show them or recommend that they see? 

I’m currently at Tooele Army Depot in Tooele, Utah.  Tooele is pretty small but the landscape is spectacular and one has to see the Great Salt Lake. When I was at the Presidio, I’d usually take visitors to see the Berlin Wall monument.  A family donated three panels of the wall for DLI to display on its grounds.  It’s a must see!

Please recommend one LIS-specific book or article that you read recently that you found particularly good. What makes it worthwhile?

I recommend Marshall Breeding’s Library Systems Report 2016.  So much information there about trends and who is doing or is no longer doing what.  I recommend reading Mr. Breeding’s report every year for its thorough to-the-point coverage.

Please recommend one LIS-specific book or article that you read recently that you found particularly good. What makes it worthwhile?

Since we’re nearing the holidays, for fun I recommend Truman Capote’s “A Christmas Memory.” Yes, it’s a short story nestled in various Capote collections–go ahead and read the rest of the compilation.  Proud to promote a fellow native Alabamian!

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DMIL Member Interview with Pat Alderman

DMIL Member Interview with Pat Alderman

How did you get involved in military librarianship? 

My husband was a career naval officer and I knew that becoming a military librarian increased my chance of finding a job.  I was very fortunate that during his military career I was always able to find a job, with no break in service.

How did you get involved in DMIL?  

When I was working at the Ft. Story Post Library in Virginia Beach my boss, Carl Cannon was active in the Virginia Chapter of Special Library Association.  He got me involved in that and also brought the Military Libraries Division  to my attention.  It was a natural fit.

What has been your best experience working for the military?

I was mostly an Army Librarian, despite being married to a naval officer.  My most unusual experience was probably deploying to Taszar, Hungary as an MWR specialist, in support of Operation Joint Guard.  We trained along side Army soldiers, contractors, and civilians first at  Ft. Benning, then at Hohenfels in Germany.  We finally got specialized MWR training in Heidelberg where we learned how to prepare brackets, given an overview in repairing some sports equipment, learned about paperback book kits, Army entertainment program, and other things. The deployed MWR specialists came from all of the different recreation branches including sports, outdoor recreation, arts and crafts, library (me), rec centers, auto crafts, and theater.  It was the first time I lived almost like the military–wearing the same uniform, living in the same barracks, eating in the dining facilities.  We did not have to carry weapons with us, although we did have to qualify with M-16s before leaving Ft Benning.

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What has been your best experience being involved in DMIL?

I have really enjoyed the comaraderie of other military library staff.   We are a special bunch who provide library and information services to all branches of America’s military, their families, retirees, and authorized civilians.

What positions in DMIL have you held? 

I was chair elect, chair and past chair from 2003-2005.  I was director-at-large for the SLA centennial in Washington DC in 2009.  I was webmaster for several years in the 1990s and early 2000s.  I was also copy editor for the Military Librarian, and have served on the resource and finance committees for several years.  Most recently I have been assistant discussion list manger.

If someone were to visit your library or your town, what would you be sure to show them or recommend that they see? 

We now live in San Diego and I volunteer in the library of the USS Midway Carrier museum.  It is the most successful ship museum anywhere.  The Midway was the longest serving air craft carrier in the 20th century.  It was commissioned in September 1945, shortly after WWII ended and served through Desert Storm, before being decommissioned in April 1992.  She  was recently named the 6th best museum in the United States.  I would definitely recommend the USS Midway.

Please recommend one LIS-specific book or article that you read recently that you found particularly good. What makes it worthwhile? 

My favorite LIS related book is This Book is Overdue by Marilyn Johnson.  She focuses on both real and virtual libraries.  Most books do not pay much attention to virtual worlds.  I met Marilyn’s avatar in Second Life, when she came in world to give a book talk shortly after her book was published.  Marilyn was also the featured closing speaker at the 2016 SLA annual conference in Philadelphia.

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If you were to recommend one book, just for fun, what would it be? 

I am currently reading Harry Potter and the Cursed child.  I love the scene where Hermione, who is now the Minister of Magic, has put a spell on her bookcase so people can not carelessly rifle through her collection of books on Dark Magic.  There have been times in post libraries, particularly in the children’s room, where I wish I had had such a spell when parents have looked the other way while their darlings remove every book off the shelf and throw them into a pile on the floor.

 

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DMIL Member Interview with Michael F. Moore

DMIL Member Interview with Michael F. Moore

How did you get involved in military librarianship and in DMIL?

When I earned my MLIS degree, my first professional job was as a music cataloger at the Northwest University Music Library.  My team lead was chair of the local chapter of the Music Libraries Association, and my department head was past president of MLA, so I joined MLA and started participating in committees to make connections and learn about the profession.

When my wife got a promotion and relocation to build a lab in the I-95 Tech Corridor outside Boston, the first job I found was a contract cataloging job at a place called the MITRE Corporation.  A year later, I was hired on full time.  Within a few years, my team lead was chair of the local chapter of the Special Libraries Association, and my department head was president of SLA, so again I followed them, joining SLA, and looking for a place where I could learn more about the profession.

The MITRE Corporation fulfills federally funded research and development contracts for many U.S. Government agencies, including the DoD. My key customers were focused on systems engineering across the corporation, so I needed to know about all of MITRE’s sponsors. I wanted to learn more about the military and about library work for the military, so I joined the Military Libraries Division of SLA.

What positions in DMIL have you held?

I started as a member of the Bylaws Committee, and became its chair after a few years, helping to update the Governing Documents and Division Practices.  I became Strategic Planning committee chair and Chair-Elect in 2012, then served as Chair in 2013 and Past chair for 2014 and 2015.

What has been your best experience working for the military?

My best experience was helping to create the MITRE Systems Engineering Guide, a set of over 100 articles written by MITRE systems engineers, sharing their experience about how MITRE does systems engineering.  This Guide became popular enough within MITRE and MITRE’s sponsors that the company got it released to the public, so I have been able to share it with my DMIL colleagues.

What has been your best experience being involved in DMIL?

Attending conferences and workshops, meeting my DMIL colleagues, and learning about the incredible variety of military library work – from research libraries to base libraries to academic libraries, to law, tech, and medical libraries, the military community has a wide spectrum of opportunities for librarians. Meeting people and hearing their stories, and hearing how they handle the challenges they face, is an enjoyable benefit of being active in this Division.

If someone were to visit your library or your town, what would you be sure to show them or recommend that they see?

Living in the Boston area means access to a wide variety of sights to see.  Before I had children, my favorite was the Isabella Stuart Gardiner Museum, with its indoor garden and jam-packed rooms of exquisite artworks.  Now, I prefer the Museum of Science’s hands-on activities, and the New England Aquarium’s giant cylinder with turtles and sharks, and their cuttlefish tank.

If you were to recommend one book, just for fun, what would it be?

Not one book, but three.  I love films by Hiyao Miyazaki, including Howl’s Moving Castle, so when I saw that book in an Audible promotion, I knew I wanted to listen to it.  What I didn’t know was that Diana Wynne Jones wrote two more books in the series: Castle in the Air, and House of Many Ways.  These books provide complex positive characters, well-structured magical worlds, and entertaining idiosyncrasies of dealing with daily life in magic-infused living quarters.  I enjoyed listening to them on my commute, and now I am listening to them with my sons.

If you were to recommend one article, just for fun, what would it be?

The “200 Happiest Words in Literature” in the July 2016 issue of The Atlantic.  Researchers crowdsourced the 10,000 most used words in a set of literature, to ask if the words were happy or not, and ranked all 10,000 words.  The article includes the 200 happiest words, including words on family, friends, love, accomplishment, nature, celebration, and humor.  Two days after reading the article, I was already giving a speech to my local Toastmasters club about the list.  Just reading through the words brings good thoughts to my mind and a smile to my lips.

 

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