Organization:U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit Library
Title: Circuit Librarian
How did you become interested in law librarianship? I volunteered at a public library throughout high school. After college, I was researching law school options and discovered I could combine law and librarianship. While in law school, working with librarians on law review and as a student employee solidified the decision.
What is your favorite moment of your career so far? Chairing the planning committee for the 2018 Federal Court Library Conference is a recent favorite. We highlighted the work we’ve done in the past two years and continued to move forward with our strategic plan. Our committee was enthused and entertaining, we had dynamic keynote speakers and sessions, and even prepared an app for the conference. I learned quite a bit from working with such a diverse, dynamic team; and I learned a lot about leadership and time management. While it was intense work, it was very rewarding. It all came together really well.
What is your favorite part of VALL? The people. It’s fantastic to have a network of law librarian professionals across the state that band together to help one another.
What is something you would want people to know about you (hobbies, interests, passions, etc.)? While I do not do any cooking at home, I outsource myself to the Feed More community kitchen twice a month. It’s a lot of fun and it gets me out of my comfort zone. It’s a great way to give back to an amazing organization.
What is a guilty pleasure you cannot live without? My initial answer was beer (India Pale Ale), but then I started thinking about fried chicken. So, let’s combine them for beer-battered fried chicken.
If Hollywood made a movie of your life; who would you like to see play the lead role as you? Tina Fey. But mostly as Liz Lemon: she cares deeply about her work and her team, she's a feminist, she really likes food, and she's able to laugh at herself.
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