Welcome! Hello fellow 6010 students, my name is Joanna Sturgeon and I’m excited to be starting my graduate school journey with you all! I look forward to working with you and getting to know you better.
I live in a beautiful historic village called Vicksburg.
Vicksburg is about 20 miles southwest of Kalamazoo.
I live with my husband, a spunky cat and an even spunkier eleven year old daughter entering middle school this year.
Educational and Professional Background I graduated Magna Cum Laude from Western Michigan University in 2005 with a B.A. in English/Creative Writing and a History minor. During the early years of my education I worked at the Vicksburg District Library as a technical advisor. I created and maintained the library’s first website, I researched and made recommendations for a new automation system and I trained staff in emerging technology. After graduating from WMU I worked at an eBay store and later started my own, still existing eBay shop under the name comicchixs. My husband now runs the store and sells on Amazon.com as well. The siren call of the library lured me back in 2009, and I now work at the Vicksburg District Library again in several capacities. I hold a Limited Professional Library Certification from the Library of Michigan and Department of Education. I am an MLA member.
Working at the library I supervise and perform a variety of tasks at the Vicksburg District Library including:
Head of Inter-Library Loan Services
Liaison to our Overdrive co-op
Processing materials ordering
And more! I’m always very busy, with a full work table.
Goals and Expectations Having worked in a library for years, I feel I have a pretty good grasp of the profession. However, there is always more to learn and I look forward to learning more about aspects of the profession I am not so familiar with. I also look forward to learning about different library environments, since I have only worked in a “rural” village library. I plan to specialize in the more technical aspects of the profession. I love technology’s possibilities and believe it is a huge part of our profession’s future. Once I obtain my MLIS I hope to move into a more technologically demanding position. As a long term goal, I would love to be in a position in a large library or other institution on the cutting edge of technological advancements.
My Skills I feel I have a lot to offer any group, I am very enthusiastic and excited about the work, and I have experience in the field. In particular my skills include:
Fairly high technological aptitude
Some graphic design skills (Photoshop)
High standards of work
Excellent writing skills
I prefer teammates who also value excellence in their work, are enthusiastic and easy to communicate with. It may be difficult, but a great learning experience, to work with people whose standards of work are a bit less rigid.
More Info. Thanks everyone for viewing my slide show introduction. Before you leave, I’d like to tell you a bit more about me. I like to:
Go for jogs / runs (if it’s a really good day )
Read great sci-fi, post-apocalyptic and dystopian fiction, among others
Do creative stuff, like make journals
Hang out in nature
I have been married 10 years in January. I am a vegetarian working on going vegan. I am very interested in psychology and the mental health field, which I just find fascinating. I do have a professional twitter account @WordsAkimbo. I typically only post on science, technology, librarianship, and now library school issues.
Photo Credits Some of the photos used on these slides are mine, or are clip art, in which case no credit is given.
Slide 3 top picture is from: http://www.infomi.com/city/vicksburg/
Slide 3 bottom picture is from: www.google.com
Slide 5 top picture is from: www.vicksburglibrary.org
Slide 8 picture is a screenshot from my twitter account at: http://twitter.com/#!/WordsAkimbo