I have long agreed with Jessamyn West’s take that we should use “our online powers for good.” One way I try to do this is by highlighting unique, original and not often heard voices here at TTW. I realized I hadn’t announced two new members to the TTW family of contributors: Ben Lainhart & Carrie Straka. Please welcome them and watch for their future posts. Here are their bios:
Carrie is fascinated by social media and how it can be used in libraries. She’s interested in connections between people and the information they need. She is constantly working to foster those connections.
Background (Professional and Otherwise)
After graduating from Eastern Illinois University in 1999,Carrie worked in the publishing industry for several years. She then decided to brave the world of librarianship,so she found a part-time position at a public library in the Chicago suburbs and started the GSLIS program at Dominican University. She graduated from Dominican with an MLIS in May 2009 and worked simultaneously at Vernon Area Public Library and Barrington Area Library. She now works full-time at Bartlett Public Library in Bartlett,IL. She is a co-chair for the ILA Membership Committee.
Carrie likes to travel and goes on frequent road trips with her husband. She also enjoys scrapbooking and is working hard to not feel guilty because she’s not “caught up.” Like fellow contributor Justin Hoenke,she likes tattoos,but in her case,some are not simple or little.
- ca_straka [at] yahoo [dot] com