Maryanne Mills, Academic Librarian
I came to librarianship from being a go-fer in Washington D.C. before there was an internet. Law firms and lobbyists around the U.S. needed researchers to visit federal agencies to read documents, file Freedom of Information Act requests, and photocopy public filings on their behalf. As a recent college graduate, I’d run from the SEC to the FERC to the FCC, pack my knapsack full of documents, run back to the office and Fedex the research to my firm’s clients. Along the way, I befriended a few librarians and got the bug. I loved the research aspect of the job so off I went to get a Master’s in Library Science. Since then, I’ve worked in corporate and academic libraries with a part-time stint in a public library as well. Here are a few of my job titles over the years:
- financial services librarian
- Korean bibliographer
- customer service manager for a major information database company
- competitive intelligence librarian
- marketing librarian
- XML content analyst
- academic librarian!
I’m about to finish up a Post-Master’s Certificate in Leadership and Library Management from San José State University’s iSchool and have already been able to put into practice several of the concepts learned in the program. I’m currently working on the policies and procedures for my college library’s brand new Technology Lending Program which is a direct result of the iSchool’s Grant Writing course. This should launch in fall, 2017. Stay tuned!