I’ve wandered my way through various degrees and life goals before finding myself in the world of libraries. I started as a work study student in college and grad school before entering into the world of public libraries. There I learned about the trend of digitizing historical records to provide greater access to them. This project caught my attention and showed me a career path I hadn’t considered at a point where I wasn’t sure where to go next.
Now I find myself at the Delaware County District Library in Delaware, OH where I work in circulation and manage our circulating board game collection. I’m also a graduate from Kent State University where I earned Master of Library and Information Science degree in May of 2016. My long term career goal is to find a job working in public libraries serving as a historian and genealogist where I can digitize historical records and accounts from the community’s history and make them available online to the larger world.
Since college, I’ve spent a lot of time in the hobby board game world, playing and learning hundreds of new games. This passion has bled over into my professional life where I’ve introduced a board game collection at our library and have spoke at a few library conferences about this collection. I’ve also begun designing my own board games, with the aim of publication in the future.
Overall, I have a lot of experience and passions that at one time were all separate, but have begun to merge in on themselves. I’m finding that whether it’s gaming, libraries, genealogy, or some other idea I get, there’s some way to blend them together to make them more interesting and exciting than they were on their own. It’s this general point of view that I try and keep prominent in my mind as I look for new opportunities and ideas to share with the world around me. It’s the point of view I hope you’ll find as you explore this site.