During my career, I have been involved in research related to several areas in education and library sciences. My focus has been in information literacy, information fluency and access to information, especially with the non-traditional and disenfranchised populations. Early in my career, I was fortunate enough to work with Dr. Ruth Aronson, a librarian and dedicated public servant in New York who mentored me regarding information access for current and soon to be released prisoners in the New York State Department of Correctional Services. This collaboration led to a database of pre-release resources, available then in microfiche, which I used in training peer-inmate counselors throughout the state.
I then turned my combined library and technology interests to creating and publishing a database and print edition of resources for health, social and community service professionals in New York City, publishing The Source Book, a joint publication of the Community Council of Greater New York, The City of New York and the Greater New York Fund/United Way. In addition to researching and publishing, I developed and provided training workshops for the constituent users. I have been a contributing author for various local and national magazines on a variety of topics. More recently I have been focusing my research and instruction in the area of information searching behavior of college students.
As an academic administrator for most of my career, I have felt that proactive life-long learning and research is imperative in our information age/digital society, and it is a personal goal of mine to imbue others with the love of research and learning, to inspire and help students learn how to learn and think critically and to become information literate.