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Desktop Prezumé by Brian Jennings
Transcript of Desktop Prezumé by Brian Jennings
The Professional Life of
Library Professional dedicated to building and developing teams to innovate and appreciate communities and their unique information needs
404 Christian Herald Road Valley Cottage, NY 10989
Long Island University
M.L.I.S. Palmer School of Library and Information Science
Activites & Volunteer Work
Maurice J. Freedman
Trustee, Historical Society of the Nyacks
Trustee, Genealogical Society of Rockland County
Webmaster, First Reformed Church of Nyack
-Certificate in Archives and Records Management
-Certificate in Public Library Administration
Coursework complete; thesis in progress: "Nyack in the Civil War"
30 graduate credits in History
Grove City College
Mar 2007 - Jan 2014
As one of the key innovators on staff; I established the library on social networks like Facebook and Twitter, introduced circulation of eReaders, use of iPads by patrons and staff, and we have made significant strides in digitization of a unique local history collection by placing overs 50 years of newspapers online and digitizing over 5,000 images. I represent the library as a member of the Digital Advisory Committee for the Southeast New York Library Resources Council and serve the library system as the Chair of the Reference Users Group. To facilitate communication amongst library staff, I established an Intranet using a custom content management system called Libguides. My work here involved me in virtually all aspects of library service and management from human resources to security, development, programming, and more.
Feb 2002 - Mar 2007
Instructional Services Librarian
Jan 2008 - present
I work at the reference desk utilizing both traditional reference service as well as SMS and chat. I also teach classes on information literacy to students in various academic disciplines.
Former Director, New City Library
Past President, American Library Association, 2002-2003
Director, Palmer Institute for Public Library Organization and Management
Ramapo Catskill Library System
The Nyack Library
Additional Library and Archival
Experience and Career Background Information
I worked as an intern and docent for the Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania in Pittsburgh in the late 1990s. Realizing there was a whole floor of librarians and archivists in the building, I began to ponder a career path. When a job at the Carnegie Library of McKeesport (the library in my hometown where I attended storytime as a child) opened up, I jumped at it. Soon I left Pennsylvania and came to NY where I worked in the Nyack College Library (1999-2001) processing interlibrary loans and doing copy cataloging. I also worked as a graphic materials cataloger at Kunhardt Productions (2001-2002), a film company which was located in Mt. Kisco where we established a controlled vocabulary for the stock photo site picturehistory.com. I've interned and volunteered at the Westchester County Archives (2002-03) and adjuncted a U.S. History survey course at Nyack College (Spring 2010) more recently.
Publications & professional presentations:
"Crowdfunding for Libraries," part of a panel discussion on alternative revenue streams for libraries at the Library Association of Rockland County's 2013 conference.
My presentation described the experience the Nyack Library had as we completed a
successful kickstarter campaign which raised over $3,000 for newspaper digitzation in 60 days.
"Nyack's Carnegie Library," Newsletter of the Historical Society of the Nyacks, 2011.
A brief historical portrait of how Nyack was endowed with the only Carnegie Library building in Rockland County.
"The Hudson-Fulton Celebration of 1909 in Rockland County," South of the Mountains: the Journal of the Historical Society of Rockland County, 2009.
A look back at how Rockland County celebrated in 1909 creating a personification of local and New York state history in their parades and parties.
Google Apps domain administrator
Digital Literacy advocate & instructor
Proficiency in content management systems for web pages like Weebly, Wordpress, Joomla & other custom CMS
Manager of Social Media, incorporating and training other staff in appropriate use
Dedicated to providing excellent customer service
I worked in a highly innovative academic library teaching students and faculty 21st Century information literacy skills. I built strong relationships with faculty and am particularly proud of my work with University Historian Dr. Marilyn Weigold celebrating the Centennial of Pace University and the unique connections with Horace Greeley both in Westchester and Manhattan.
Local History Librarian
Responsible for collection management of the Rockland Room, the premier collection of published genealogical and local history material on Rockland County, NY. I started an oral history program here and developed a set of volunteers and staff to help with the collection, processing and editing of the interviews. Obtained grant funding from the Library Association of Rockland County and the Ramapo Catskill Library System to partially fund the project. A set of public programs are being developed for the Fall of 2015 based on the oral history interviews we are collecting throughout the Spring/Summer of 2015.