Monday, August 8, 2011

Mantor Monday

Big news: our new IT librarian is here! Here's the official scoop on Jen Arnott:

Jen is delighted to return to New England. Born and raised in the Boston area, she spent 12 years living in Minnesota, where she loved the lakes and rivers, but missed hills, mountains, and the ocean a great deal. Her work life has been solidly centered around libraries and technology, especially user support and education. She has worked helping faculty create technology projects, doing user support for a consulting company, and for 10 years at an independent high school in Minneapolis, both as the library paraprofessional and then as the Teacher Librarian. She's a graduate of Wellesley College (BA) and Dominican University (MLIS).

Jen is particularly interested in how we support creative projects, use our online time in a way that feeds our lives, and in issues around online privacy, digital citizenship, and meaningful interactions that include online settings. Other interests include reading anything that sits still long enough (with a particular fondness for SF, mysteries, and narrative non-fiction), music (voice and folk harp, mostly), fiber arts (spinning and knitting), and baking (bread, but also cookies). She has a blog at
where she talks about various library and technology interests.

Jen is going to be serving as the front line person for technical support in the library, as well as guiding us in the implementation of emerging technologies. The library world is changing rapidly, and we're lucky to have a librarian as "plugged in" as Jen is to help us make informed decisions about the the products, services, and technology we offer patrons in the future. Welcome, Jen!

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