Meet the VLA NMRT Forum Blog Editors

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Hey everyone,
My name is Monique Clark and I currently work for Northern Virginia Community College as a Library Specialist. I received my MLS from the University of Maryland this past May. My library-related interests include rare books and special collections, interlibrary lending (especially international lending), and providing reference. One of the reasons why I decided to become a librarian is because I like to help people find the information they need and I enjoy working in an academic environment. As a VLA NMRT member, I hope to connect to other members, share our experiences as new librarians, and get involved in the profession on the state level.
When I’m not at work, I can be found relaxing at home with a good book or a movie, some music, and my cat. I can be reached at mkclark@gmail.com or follow me on Twitter @mkclarkinmd.

Janna Mattson: After being a student worker at VCU Cabell Library, where I received my Bachelor’s in Music, I eventually went on to live my dream of moving to New York City. It was there at Queens College CUNY that I received my Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science. My library experience includes working as a paraprofessional at The American Museum of Natural History and at New York University and as a librarian at George Washington University Medical Center, ICF International and at my current position as Social Sciences Librarian at George Mason Unversity. I am the proud stepmom to three teenagers and one daughter who all keep me very busy and on my toes!

Andrea (Andi) Ogier Pedersen:  After spending a number of years working in libraries while (misguidedly, perhaps) attaining two master’s degrees in religion and literature, I woke up, smelled the decaf English Breakfast Tea, and realized that the library is where I belong.  Currently, instead of spending all day translating sections of the Hebrew Bible to English, I manage electronic resources for the Serials Team at Virginia Tech’s University Library.  I am also working on a MLIS degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where I am interested in Data/Digital Curation and general management of electronic objects.  When not at work, in class, or working on school projects, I enjoy quilting, practicing my novice blacksmithing skills, baking things from scratch for my husband, and playing Stick with my dog. Please feel free to email me (with blog ideas or just to chat) at a.ogier.pedersen @ gmail.com or follow me @andiogier on Twitter.

Carole Porter: I have worked in a library in some capacity for over half of my life. My library career began at age 15 as a page at Samuels Public Library in Front Royal, VA. In 2005, I moved to Winston-Salem, NC to become part of the public library system in Forsyth County as a children’s librarian and to obtain my MLIS degree from the University of North Carolina – Greensboro.  While in library school, I had the good fortune to have Dr. Nora Bird as my advisor who “pushed” me into medical librarianship by encouraging me to intern at WFU/Baptist Medical Center’s Carpenter Library. She was right, I loved it! I thoroughly enjoyed being a children’s librarian, but my BS in biology and my fondness for health sciences was not being utilized. Most recently, I married a wonderful man from Roanoke and relocated from Winston-Salem. I do miss the Triad very much, but am delighted to be living again in the beautiful Blue Ridge mountains and am enjoying medical librarianship in Southwest VA.  When not working or curled up with a good book, I can be found knitting, running, or watching a movie with my husband, kitty, and dog. Not necessarily all at once, of course! Email me at carole.bonnell@gmail.com or follow me @portercarole on Twitter.

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About caroleporter

Educational technologist at Roanoke College, wife, mom, librarian, runner, knitter, bibliophile.
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