INFORMATION SCIENCES & EDUCATION
Here's the thing: having a degree in library & information sciences doesn't make anyone just a librarian – nor is having that title a bad thing in the writing industry.
Studying information sciences has expanded my ability to meld creative writing, verified data, and legitimate sources into the copy I'm creating. My background also means that I love being a liaison between industries and groups to ultimately focus on creating information people actually benefit from knowing – because anyone taking the time to read something is ultimately investing time in their education.
And my background also means that I love teaching just as much as I love learning and collaborating with others.
It may not seem like the most obvious connection, but I pursued this path because I could develop better skills to delve into the nuances of research and communication. Ultimately, I became a better writer and team member because of these studies and I enjoy using my knowledge as a modern copywriter and librarian to add reliable content to the web, whether it's under my own name or for a company that I believe in.
This is my education philosophy in summation:
Being an open and welcoming liaison between the community and academia is an integral aspect to keeping libraries relevant to the average citizen. Offering a variety of services created to assist community members in a multitude of situations is a foundational characteristic of a library, and I find that a greater awareness of these opportunities should be made public.
My teaching and tutoring philosophy is based on honesty; I believe that transparency between the educator and student is necessary to form trust and demonstrate that teachers aren't infinite wells of information. While working with ESL and special needs students, I have found this to be integral in developing the students' confidence in their ability to progress by understanding that even the "pros" aren't perfect. These small moments open the window to model how one can find information and learn about a topic individually using social, print, and online resources.
I enjoy the challenge of working with large groups of people, especially because each individual has their own learning method. As an educator, catering examples to each person is not only fun, but it helps to develop my understanding of the subject I'm covering with each innovative explanation.
When an individual hasn't been given equal opportunity to learn and develop their communicative skills, they have been stripped of a fundamental right. Facilitating the growth of lifelong learners reinstates their ability to make professional advances, convey their feelings, and commune with others openly. As a member of the educational community, I believe that there is no goal more important than to accomplish this.
My work both inside and outside of the library aims to connect community work and awareness with professional and academic relationships to improve literacy. The ultimate result? A community with equal access to information and the ability to research and communicate freely.