Joseph Rawson

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E-mail:  jerawson@umuc.edu
Division: Undergraduate Adelphi
Category:  Collegiate
Program:  LIBS

Biography

I am currently the 24/7 Services Coordinator Librarian at the University of Maryland University College. That involves overseeing the program that provides library services to the university community 24 hours a day, seven days a week, all year round as well as supervising the Graduate Assistants from the library school at UMCP who provide library services at McKeldin. In addition I provide reference service and library instruction for the university. Previous to that I was a Reference Librarian for 3 years at the main branch of Providence Public Library in downtown Providence, R.I., one of the largest libraries in the state of Rhode Island. I received my M.L.I.S from the University of Rhode Island in May of 2001 and my B.A. in International Affairs from the George Washington University in 1986. Prior to my career as a librarian, I spent many years as an education, event, and member services director for builder and realtor trade associations running educational programs, conventions and working with faculty to develop course curriculum. In addition to my work as a librarian I also have been actively involved in my neighborhood association in Providence as well as in the Episcopal diocese of Rhode Island and my local parish.

Nomination Essay

It is important for the library to have a voice in the shared governance of the university. In the first place, the library plays a major role in a student's educational experience. It is unique in that it cuts across all majors and disciplines. All students will (or should) become familiar with the library's programs and services during the course of their time here at UMUC. As librarians, we get the opportunity to work with students, regardless of their area of specialization. This gives us a unique perspective on the educational process here. Also, the university emphasizes information literacy as a major component of a college education and the library plays a key role in that. Whether providing general reference services, conducting bibliographic instruction or collaborating with faculty to develop new instruction materials or course curriculum, the library and the librarians bring special services and talents to the university community. Because of this, we have a! distinctive perspective that will add to the shared governance of the university community. In addition, my own personal background in collaborating with faculty, developing course curriculum, running diverse types of programs, and serving as a liaison to education committees brings experience that will be beneficial to working on the Faculty Advisory Council.