We place a high priority on the unfettered exchange of ideas. We accept the risk that words and ideas have wings we cannot clip and which carry them we know not where.
Winter v. Putnam's Sons, 1991
I am passionate about learning. Whether I am listening to someone speak, standing in marvel of an ancient pyramid, reading, watching a video, admiring a painting, or experiencing the seasonal change of leaves... I believe that discovering someone's scribbled marginalia can impact a perspective as much as an encyclopedia.
I believe in access to information and self-learning experiences, and strive to share enthusiasm for the power of information to foster lifelong learning. I find great purpose in being an individual dedicated to helping students of all ages associate learning with empowerment and joy. How do we know what we know? How do we learn how to learn? These are questions I endlessly ponder.
With over eight years of experience teaching and a decade of working in public and academic libraries, I am an educator who continues to learn from my students and their experiences every day. I have served as the Librarian and Digital Literacy Instructor at De Marillac Academy where I focused on combining building research and digital competency skills so that middle school students are able to find, access, evaluate, and navigate the world of information to pursue what intrigues them and find their life's passion. In the past I've worked at Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory where in addition to reference and technical library processes, I taught information literacy skills. I have also taught elementary Spanish at Trinity Lutheran School, gained experience in Hawaii Pacific University Library's periodical department and instructed core subjects to home-schooled children. For five years in college I worked my way from a senior student helper to a reference and library technician at Salt Lake-Moanalua Public Library, I am confident in my understanding of cataloging, processing, selection, and evaluation of any collection based on the user's needs.
In 2014 I started the Bibliobicicleta. The Bibliobicicleta is an independent, non-profit, pop-up bicycle library that visits San Francisco bicycle and literacy events, parks, beaches, and farm stands. The mission is to instill and re-ignite a love for reading, of learning, and bicycling in people of all ages and backgrounds.
I thrive on the fact that we grow with the more we push ourselves to know. I strive to become a dynamic individual that creates new learning opportunities by researching methods that emphasize self-directed research for any user's informal or crucial information needs so that they can break the cycles in their life that have kept individuals from finding their true potential.