Hello from your new ALA/TLA co-directors! We wanted to introduce ourselves so you could get to know us a little bit better.
Megan is a proud graduate of Georgetown University in Washington DC. She received her B.A. in History, with minors in Art History and Classics, in May 2013. She is interested in research libraries and dreams of one day becoming a rare books librarian. She has previously worked as a GRA in the UT Library system and she is currently a TA for Children’s Literature. In her free time she enjoys crafting, binge watching TV, shopping, and, of course, reading. She wants ALA/TLA to be a place for professional growth and friendship, as well as excellent snacks!
Jeremy is a proud former student of Texas A&M University, where he earned a bachelor of arts degree in English in May 2013. He plans to pursue a career in academic librarianship upon completing his MSIS, with goals of one day teaching at a college or university. Jeremy can most often be found at the iSchool, purple-shirting in the lab or reading a book in the Tocker Lounge. His goals for ALA/TLA this year are to promote networking and development through involvement in these two professional organizations and camaraderie among iSchool students through social gatherings.
Laura got her Bachelors from Transylvania University with a double major in Biology and Spanish. She moved to Austin to serve in AmeriCorps teaching after school Science programs. This led her to get certified to teach. She taught middle school Math and Science in AISD for four years before returning to graduate school. She is interested in Health Information Technology and is working as a GRA on Health Informatics Research while at UT and volunteering in the medical library at Dell Children’s Hospital. She hopes to bring attention to the special libraries as an ALA/TLA co-director.
Gretchen received her undergraduate degree from BYU-Idaho, where she studied neuropsychology. She grew up all over the US, living in Utah, Virginia, and New Mexico. (She spent some time in Canada as well, but will only talk about that when pressed.) She moved to Austin to enable her breakfast taco addiction. Because she is obsessed with words, she has recently taken up calligraphy as a hobby. Gretchen plans to use her time at the iSchool to become well-versed in the art of youth services librarianship. She runs the social media accounts for the ALA/TLA student group and would gladly welcome any and all interesting articles about librarianship so she can talk about them on twitter.
Also, don’t forget that the first ALA/TLA meeting will be held this Tuesday, February 4th at 5:30 PM! The location is 1.506A and there will be treats, as well as a discussion of the awesome events that we have planned for this semester.