Personal Profile

It’s a lot more comfortable doing business with someone you know, so here is something about me and why I am working with Consortium Library Info Quest or CLIQ for short!

New personal profile pictureMy Background

I was born in Christchurch, New Zealand, but married and moved to Canada in 1970, and our two sons were born there. After 32 years in Canada (BC, Alberta, Yukon, and Ontario), I accepted a job as Medical Librarian at University of Alaska, Anchorage in 2003, which proved to be my best job ever. Through my mother, who was born in Lee, Massachusetts, I was eligible for U.S. citizenship, and now hold New Zealand, Canadian and US passports. Our home in Anchorage is  on the edge of a small wild area with a shallow lake, abundant wildlife, and a beautiful view of the Chugach Mountains. Moose, many kinds of wildfowl and birds, and even the occasional black bear, visit the back yard, which is transformed by the ever-changing seasons. We take Pilates classes year around, and enjoy cross-country skiing and hiking on the extensive trail systems around Anchorage. Staying healthy and active as the years roll on is a big interest, so we read widely on this subject, and are experimenting with the health benefits of spices and herbs, a paleo-style diet, and a large variety of healthy foods that are locally available.

My Experience

For 10 years prior to starting CLIQ, I provided a fee-based research service at the Alaska Medical Library for healthcare providers in Alaska, and assisted faculty and students of a dozen allied health programs with their information needs. I traveled to remote Alaska communities to tell hospital staff and public information for emergency situations, and I received a lot of appreciation for helping improve outcomes for patients. Over time, research topics have become more complex and multidisciplinary. I have a B.Sc. from New Zealand, and updated my initial library science degree to a master’s in 2001 at University of Western Ontario. I have worked in Canadian libraries related to petroleum, pipelines, geology, and community college and technical education.  Since my career has bridged the years from pre-Internet to the massive migration to online information, I have a good understanding of the evolution of information sources, and can help effectively with a wide range of information needs.

Why CLIQ?

The Consortium Library has increasingly valuable collections and improved technology for easier access. The public is welcome to visit and use the collections, but there are many obstacles that can make this frustrating. Whether you need specific journal articles or book chapters, or want to research a topic, I can help you. I am privileged to have access to “The Library of the 21st Century” to offer this service. I am a Library staff member and know my way around the collections, services and facility. I am very comfortable with library research in many subject areas. I am deeply committed to personally assisting non-university clients to obtain the information they need quickly, and at a reasonable cost.