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Before I joined the U.S. State Department as an Information Resource officer in September, 2002, I was the director of the Library at the James Monroe Center for Graduate and Professional Studies of Mary Washington College. I was a reference librarian at MWC's Simpson Library for five years before this, from July 1994 until August 1999 when I started this job. I had lots of fun planning a new library and meeting new people.


A big part of my job was providing course-related library instruction to students taking courses at the JMC. These classes focused on: Along with Jack Bales, reference librarian at Simpson Library, I taught a one-credit course entitled Library Science 101: Library and Internet Resources. I also teach workshops on how to develop effective search strategies, how to evaluate Web-based information, and how to make Web pages.  

The following are some of the workshops and presentations I have done:

Projects and Publications 

Ernie Ackermann and I have published several textbooks over the past few years.  The latest one is Learning to Use the Internet and World Wide Web, published by Franklin, Beedle & Associates in April, 2002.

The cover of that book is shown here:

Internet & Web Essentials: What You Need to Know, written with Ernie Ackermann, was published in July 2000.  

Read a review of this book by Dale Farris.

April 2000 brought the second edition of the textbook "Searching and Researching on the Internet and the World Wide Web."  The third edition of this title was published in August 2002.

A review by  Dale Farris, President, Golden
Triangle PC Club, August 2000 

The second edition of "The Information Specialist's Guide" was also published in April 2000:

January 2000 brought the millennium edition of the "Information Specialist's Guide to Searching and Researching on the World Wide Web." The cover of that book is shown on the right:

In early 1999, Franklin Beedle published our third book,Internet Today. The cover of that book is shown here: 

A review of the book


In late 1998 "The Information Specialist's Guide to Searching and Researching on the Internet and the World Wide Web" was published, also by Franklin, Beedle & Associates.  The cover of that book looks like this: 





The first book Ernie and I wrote was Searching and Researching on the Internet and the World Wide Web. It was published on December 15, 1997, also by Franklin, Beedle & Associates.
The cover looks similar to the one shown here:

It is no longer in print.  

The following are related presentations and other publications that Ernie and I have done:

Committee Memberships

  •  MWC's Committee for Instructional Technology
  •  MWC's Self-Study/Academic Affairs Committee
  •  JMC Web Site Advisory Committee


This is kind of what I look like now.

The picture to the right is me in about 1957.

I grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan (home of President Gerald Ford) from the time I was 5 years old until I went to college at Michigan State University. I majored in English Literature and graduated in 1976. I lived in Mary Mayo Hall. In 1977 I went to the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, for graduate school. I received my Masters of Arts degree in Library Science in December, 1978. From 1979 until 1982 I worked at the Environmental Research Institute of Michigan in Ann Arbor as Research Librarian. In 1983 my husband Jack and our two children, Tracy and Hilary (Hilary was only 3 weeks old!) moved to Sana'a, the capital of Yemen, where we lived for almost 2 years. In 1989 we all went to Cairo, Egypt, where we lived for 5 years. I worked at the American University in Cairo Library as a reference librarian. The picture below is of my daughters and  me horseback riding at the Giza pyramids in Cairo.

Below is a picture of a resort near Nuweiba, in the Sinai. The mountains in the distance are on the other side of the Red Sea. From this spot, you can see Saudi Arabia,  Jordan, and Israel while standing on the beach. 

In 1994 we returned to the states and I was hired by Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg, Virginia to be a reference and bibliographic instruction librarian. 

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March 1, 2004 .