Professional Experience

Interim Business Librarian, November 2016 – Present

American University, Bender Library

  • Provide high-level research support to Kogod School of Business faculty and students, and others on campus with business research needs, using a variety of information technology tools and online information sources
  • Teach subject-specific library instruction sessions for Kogod students, as well as other information literacy sessions as needed
  • Serve on the Collections Management Team, selecting print and digital materials to support Kogod student and faculty research
  • Develop and maintain online tools to support student learning and research


Project Manager/Graduate Assistant, July 2015 – July 2016

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, School of Information & Library Science

Served as project manager for SILS executive education initiative

  • Collaborated with SILS faculty and government agency employees to develop two-week data management training session, consisting of ten modules
  • Led the assessment of the modules, including collecting and analyzing feedback via surveys and focus groups


ELIME-21 Doctoral Fellow, August 2011 – March 2015

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, School of Information & Library Science

  • Led a project to edit a volume on libraries and information science in the Middle East and North Africa
    • Libraries, Librarians and Information Science in the Middle East and North Africa was published in 2016 by IFLA/De Gruyter
    • Contributing a chapter presenting the results of a content analysis of LIS literature about research in the region
  • Organized and moderated the Library Leadership Symposium
    • Brought together senior leaders in the field to share their expertise and experience
    • Provided a networking opportunity for SILS students and other library professionals
  • Planned the Global Information Issues webinar series, in conjunction with Libraries Thriving
    • Organized and moderated all sessions, which were attended by more than 700 participants from all over the world
    • Led two sessions: Adventures in International Librarianship: Living and Working Outside of the United States and Basics of Information Literacy Assessment
  • Planned the Global Library Leadership workshop, which was co-hosted by ELIME-21, the American University in Cairo, and the Information Resource Center at the U.S. Embassy in Egypt
    • Two day workshop took place in Cairo, Egypt and was attended by over 40 library and information science professionals  from all over the Middle East and North Africa


Instruction and Reference LibrarianAugust 2008 – August 2011

The American University in Cairo (AUC), Main Library                  

  • Served as coordinator of instruction and acting head of instruction
    • Managed eight librarian instructors and coordinated with external offices, in order to administer fifteen sections of LALT 101, a required information literacy course
    • Developed curriculum content and managed the course wiki
    • Trained and supported new and current instruction and reference librarians
  • Taught two sections of LALT 101, covering topics such as database searching, assessment of online information, and accessing news sources
    • Chaired the Information Literacy (IL) Task Force, a committee that assessed the course to ensure that students were receiving information literacy training in the most effective manner possible
    • Developed active learning activities in order to enhance course content and outcomes
    • Wrote new learning outcomes, and redesigned the exam assessment tool to more closely reflect course content and outcomes
  • Taught library instruction sessions for a variety of subjects, including both graduate and undergraduate level courses
    • Implemented changes to improve the way that IL training is provided to students by developing online research guides, and teaching training-the-trainer style workshops for faculty
    • Designed, coordinated and taught IL workshops for students, faculty, staff and external users
    • Collaborated with departments and offices across campus to provide information literacy training and ensured that these needs are met for all students
  • Led a project sponsored by the American International Consortium of Academic Libraries (AMICAL), discovering how students conduct research for academic assignments and use the library and campus spaces for learning
    • Project included three ethnographic studies including mapping, observation, and student-taken photographs, involving students from four overseas American-style universities
  • Provided reference assistance both on an appointment basis and at the Library Help Desk, utilizing the new Library One Search and other online and print resources
    • Created and maintained research guides using LibGuides for the Department of Rhetoric and Composition, the English Language Institute and the Department of Management
  • Acted as library liaison to multiple departments, partnering with department faculty for collection development purposes
    • Assessed the appropriateness of subject-specific electronic resources in order to best meet student and faculty needs and utilize funds