My name is Amy Harris, and I’m the Information Literacy Program Coordinator and Reference Librarian at UNCG. I graduated from the MLIS program at UNCG in 2005. I started in the Reference Department at UNCG in 2005 as a temp and got my tenure-track job in June of 2006. Before I became a librarian, I had a variety of interesting jobs, including elementary school teacher, payroll administrator, talk radio show host and assistant manager of the concession operations for the Winston-Salem Warthogs (RIP Wally). In my personal life, I’m married and have a (precious) nine-month-old daughter.
When I started library school, I wanted to be a school media specialist, because I was teaching at the time. I quickly realized that wasn’t for me. Then I wanted to be a cataloger so I did a cataloging independent study. Shortly thereafter, I heard about the Reference Intern Program at Jackson, so I decided to give reference a shot. It definitely stuck. I love working with people to find the information they need.
In addition to traditional reference librarian duties, I serve as the library’s Information Literacy Program Coordinator. When I began working at Jackson, I was the First-Year Instruction Coordinator. This entails working closely with first year classes such as English 101. Outreach is a huge part of this job, as the instructors are typically graduate students and a new group starts every year. This position also involves lots of teaching one-shot instruction sessions. In academic year 2007-08, I taught 100 of these sessions. Luckily, my colleagues are very supportive so I’m able to focus most of my attention on teaching during the busy times of the semester. I’ve recently added the Information Literacy Program Coordinator title, which means in addition to the outreach, I’ll be working to make information literacy a more important issue on campus. In my spare time, I work with the Dean of Student’s Office to teach students about Academic Integrity and plagiarism, and I’m also the co-coordinator of the Reference Intern Program. It’s chaotic at times, but I think I have an awesome job!
If you have any questions about general librarian stuff, teaching, reference or being on the tenure-track, I’d be happy to try to answer them!