Greetings, Massachusetts Library System members! My name is Kelly Jo Woodside, and I am the newest member of the MLS staff. My role at MLS is twofold: I will be managing the new BiblioTemps and also serving as one of the MLS advisors. I am writing to introduce myself and invite you to get in touch if I can assist you or your library in any way.
For the past ten years, my mission as a librarian has been to empower people with the information they need to meet their goals, which is what I hope to do for you through my work at MLS. My first library position was at Roxbury Community College in Boston, where I helped to establish a reference internship as a GSLIS student at Simmons and then served as a reference and instruction librarian after graduation. Later I returned to Simmons as the Career Resource Librarian, a position in which I helped new library school graduates as well as seasoned GSLIS alumni from all types of library backgrounds with resources, advice, and workshops on career exploration, job-seeking, and professional development. During that time, I also established and managed the Conference Career Center for the Massachusetts Library Association to provide services such as resume reviews, mock interviews, and career resources to conference attendees and a job posting venue for libraries. Though I moved on several years ago, the Conference Career Center has continued to thrive at MLA, and I am pleased to be returning in a new capacity this year: to share information about BiblioTemps and recruit applicants. Please watch for more information about BiblioTemps recruiting events and services for libraries in the near future. I am also available to assist MLS member libraries with questions about the hiring process or issues related to staff development, as well as career resources and services for your patrons.
More recently, I have worked as Information Literacy Librarian at Simmons and Head of Reference and Information Literacy Services at Assumption College in Worcester. I am an alumna of the ACRL Information Literacy Immersion Institute, and I’ve also studied instructional design and used a wide variety of instructional technologies. Although information literacy has received the most attention in academic and school settings, I believe that teaching and learning is a vital part of the services that all libraries provide, and I look forward to serving as a resource to MLS members on topics like learning outcomes for your workshops, active learning methods to help engage participants, effective ways to use technology to teach new skills and resources, and assessment of your instructional programs. If you are thinking about developing an information literacy program at your library, please get in touch! I am also interested in helping to facilitate connections between libraries of different types – public, school, academic, and special – to discuss shared goals and strategies for meeting them.
Please feel free to get in touch with me about any of the areas I’ve mentioned above, as well as other questions you might have. You can reach me by email at Kelly@masslibsystem.org or by phone at our toll-free number (in MA) 866-627-7228 or at 508-357-2121 (ext. 314). I look forward to meeting you soon!