I got my masters in Library Science in 2006 and came to work here at Empire State College in October of that year. I was soon made the Business, Management and Economics liaison, and took additional training through the American Library Association to learn the ins and outs of business librarianship. I have taken half a dozen graduate courses in various instructional design and online learning topics. I'm also the Educational Studies liaison, the college's copyright specialist, in charge of our small interlibrary loan program, and the lead librarian for Open Educational resources.
As one of the college’s original Directors of Academic Support, I have been building academic support offerings at the college for over ten years. In fact, my entire career has been within higher education and includes not just time as an academic professional, but also full-time faculty experience within an Interdisciplinary Studies department. Currently, my regional responsibilities include overseeing academic support programming and staff within both the Buffalo and Rochester regions. My professional interests are in learning design and embedded academic support as an alternative approach to traditional offerings. Recently, I was part of a team who developed the ESC Assignment Calculator and am now working with another group to develop an ESC Thesis Generator. Currently, I am the principal investigator on an Innovative Instructional Technology grant (IITG) and am collaborating with an academic support and educational technology team to develop several OER videos in targeted academic skill areas that will later be embedded within existing courses.