Hi, my name is Carleen and I’m an assistant librarian at SUNY Jefferson Community College in Watertown, New York. My primary responsibility is to coordinate our information literacy program. I spend most of my time scheduling library instruction classes, and trying to find new and creative ways to teach students information literacy and college level research skills. I am passionate about my role as an information maven and I believe strongly in the role of libraries as the center for self-learning and enlightenment. When I’m not at work I’m usually spending time with my family which includes a spirited nine-year old son, an equally spirited 6 month old boxador and two very snarky cats.
This site is essentially a gateway to my social presence online. From here you will find information about my professional background, including my CV and a Statement of Professional Philosophy (which is still developing). I currently maintain two blogs, one for reflecting about libraries and learning and the other for journaling about my personal thoughts and adventures.
- I was born in Norway where I spent six years of my childhood, with another eight across the North Sea in Scotland. I learned early to love the ocean, the rain and the rhotic consonant.
- I moved to Oklahoma when I was fourteen where I learned how to drive dirt roads and flee tornadoes. Often at the same time.
- My path to being a librarian was not very straight. I went through several career interests first, including a traveling stage dancer for Michael Jackson and a superhero with pyrokineses powers.
- I saw Jackie Chan once. Outside a Subway in Vancouver, Canada. Also, Robert Redford jogged passed me in the park when he was filming The Legend of Bagger Vance. I also stood around the corner from where Charlize Theron and Matt Damon were filming a love scene. This is about as close as I’ve ever gotten to famous people.
- I’m on an everlasting quest to finish Sylvia Plath’s journals. I’ve been reading them off and on for about fifteen years now.