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Member Profile: In Her Own Words – Barbara Kahn-Aiken

Barbara Kahn-Aiken is a Senior Research Analyst at The Coca Cola Company. On Wednesday, October 28, she and George Peckham-Rooney will talk about embedded librarianship at a Lunch and Learn program. Here’s more about Barbara:

 

1) How long have you been a librarian at your current employer?

I have been with The Coca-Cola Company for eight years as an associate. Prior to that, I was a contractor at Coca-Cola for five years.

 

2) What is your title and what are you main job responsibilities?

I am a Senior Research Analyst. I am embedded with the Industry Insights group which provides competitive intelligence to the company. We sit within the Mergers and Acquisitions group so we provide industry, category and target company information to them as well.

 

3) What other libraries have you worked in and what were some of your major achievements there?

I first worked at LexisNexis (in Boston) providing training to corporate clients. Then, I worked for Cadence Group at various libraries including The Coca-Cola Company. At Cadence Group, I also helped to develop cg-research.com, an on-demand research request tool.

 

4) Why did you become a librarian?

I like research – following the various paths to get the answer that I need for my client and then synthesizing all the information for them.

 

5) What are the challenges you see facing information professionals and special libraries today?

Staying relevant – it is a constant battle to prove that libraries and librarians do not only provide books, but can help clients in so many different ways.

 

6) What ideas do you have for overcoming these challenges?

I think it is important to show how libraries and information professionals can provide services and add value to the business by providing research, training and consulting. And, of course, embedded librarians can work even more closely with clients to help them see the value of information professionals.

 

7) What advice would you give new entrants to our profession?

Make time to learn new technologies, explore new resources and take advantage of any training opportunities.

 

8) When you’re not at work, what are you interests and hobbies?

When not spending time with my family and watching my kids’ athletic events, I enjoy reading, running and CrossFit.

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Member Profile: In His Own Words – George Peckham-Rooney

George Peckham-Rooney works at Seyfarth, Shaw as Immigration Data and Operations Specialist. On Wednesday, October 28, George and Seyfarth, Shaw will host our last Lunch and Learn program of the year on embedded librarians. Here’s more about George:

 

1) How long have you been a librarian at your current employer?

I have been working for my current employer for the past five years.
 

2) What is your title and what are you main job responsibilities?

Data and Operations Specialist: I help manage the immigration department’s practice database, lead group administrative staff, and coordinate many group operations. I oversee cataloging in the database and pull regular reports for clients and internal stakeholders. I also interact with users and vendors to troubleshoot our practice-wide systems, deploy system updates to bring new features to team members and train internal and external users on the system both in person and via webinar.
 

3) What other libraries have you worked in and what were some of your major achievements there?

I have worked at the NASA Center for AeroSpace Information and the Center for Media and Child Health. In both instances, I cataloged documents and helped build their respective taxonomies: reworking the complete taxonomy for the Center of Media and Child Health, and submitting terms for inclusion at the NASA Center for AeroSpace information.
 

4) Why did you become a librarian?

I became a librarian to help people. I love connecting users with information/resources and helping them solve problems.
 

5) What are the challenges you see facing information professionals and special libraries today?

Libraries and librarians face an environment where their value is questioned and have to fight against an outdated public image.
 

6) What ideas do you have for overcoming these challenges?

Librarians need to promote their value within the organization. Rather than operating on a model of information scarcity, librarians need to add value through providing context and analysis to the information they deliver to users (providing information on the best sources, understanding users’ information needs etc.) Furthermore, librarians need to leverage their skills outside the library to aid other departments within the organization (such as marketing and business development), which shows their value and lets them understand users within the organization.
 

7) What advice would you give new entrants to our profession?

Librarianship is changing. Being a librarian is about information and not so much the container that information comes in. Be curious, be adventurous, and above all be not afraid to think big and upset convention.
 

8) When you’re not at work, what are you interests and hobbies?

I enjoy reading about technology, economics and human-computer interaction in-between spending time with my amazing wife and two young children.

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Member Profile: In His Own Words – Stephen Sherman

Stephen Sherman joined the staff of the Foundation Center‘s Atlanta library/learning center in November 2008 and currently fulfills the role of senior librarian. His duties include managing the library’s collection of materials on fundraising and nonprofit management, providing in-depth resource consultations for Foundation Center patrons, and serving as the Atlanta office’s liaison for the Grant Space portal. He also teaches many community programs on grant seeking and proposal writing and is a frequent speaker at branches of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System.

Stephen is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill‘s School of Information and Library Science. He began his library career as a circulation/interlibrary loan assistant at Chowan College (now Chowan University), a small liberal arts college in northeastern North Carolina, and completed internships or assistantships with the EPA Library in Research Triangle Park and North Carolina State University Libraries. Stephen has also worked as a part-time reference librarian for Georgia Perimeter College’s Clarkston campus library.

Stephen serves as a contracts for services panelist for Fulton County Arts and Culture and also volunteers with the Metro Atlanta Library Association (MALA). His personal interests include rooting for the Atlanta Falcons and following the U.S. national soccer teams. Stephen lives with his wife and 2-year-old daughter near Decatur.

 

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Member Profile: In Her Own Words – Jane Killian

Jane Killian works at the Defense Forensic Science Center (DFSC) in the Gillem Enclave at Forest Park, Georgia and will host an SLA Georgia Lunch and Learn program there on Wednesday, April 1, at noon.

1. How long have you been a librarian at your current employer?

My life at the DFSC covers the last three years. And my government career spans 16 ½ years.

 

2. What is your title and what are your main job responsibilities?

I’m the Chief Librarian and the only librarian. Besides my regular librarian duties, my other (terrific) challenges include functioning as the administrative operations officer and contract officer for the Office of Quality Initiatives and Training. In short, librarian duties range from A to Z.

 

3. What other libraries have you worked in and what were some of your major achievements there?

My library life started as an MSLS student working at two University of Kentucky (Go Cats!) campus libraries. Then, it was on to Berry College, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Academy, the FBI Laboratory, and now DFSC. I started an accredited bibliographic instructional program at the FBI Academy and it still continues today. At the FBI Lab, I became embedded with some of the scientists to assist in an informational manner on their cases (which was pretty cool). And in my current position, my supervisors have seen the skills that are packaged in “librarians” and are now using me for other duties, which is great for me!

 

4. Why did you become a librarian?

The librarian idea came along after taking the Myers-Briggs (Type Indicator personality inventory) test. The concept and my temperament stuck with the idea, so I made a mid-life career decision to go back to school. After my first two classes I marveled that the course content suited me so well but I had never had anyone along the way say, “You should really take a look at this path”.


5. What are the challenges you see facing information professionals and special libraries today?

Our challenge is to first prove ourselves as very competent librarians and then take on other duties so that we can market ourselves as excellent organizers and planners. We also have to do it to not be viewed as a luxury but crucial to business operations. This can be challenging and tough if your supervisors want to pigeon-hole you or your work.

 

6. What ideas do you have for overcoming these challenges?

Soft skills are the challenges for the ages because no one has arrived at the peak of “most people skilled”. I seek out and watch how other people handle challenges. Much of it is the repetitiveness in seeing them react the same way, like humor (Jane, remember everything is not serious), choosing to argue/fight/confront (Jane, everything is not important to everyone), refraining from expressing opinions (Jane, keep your mouth shut), and various other manners of watching them express their patience in a situation (Jane, always be patient).

 

7. What advice would you give new entrants to our profession?

I still think that future librarians should do other lines of work before going back to school and then expecting to be immediately hired as a fresh graduate. My career path took me to work in an advertising agency in Atlanta, organizational student work at three Arizona college campuses, and doing sales and service work in the graphics industry in Louisville before deciding to go back to graduate school. So, by the time I went back to school, my bag of skills had a solid ten year foundation.

 

8. When you’re not at work, what are you interests and hobbies?

Stress relievers and fun time activities include yoga, biking, jogging, hiking, golf and cooking. Pet therapy with our newly rescued cat is a daily must!

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