Lance Utley's Bio
I am a professional librarian holding a Master's of Science in Library and Information Science from Drexel University's iSchool. My coursework focused on both conventional library disciplines and areas of interest more often thought of as information technology; metadata, database administration, web design, and information architecture, for instance. My professional interests, beyond providing the highest level of service to the Library's patrons, lie in that area of convergence between librarianship and IT. Collaborative science and how it impacts libraries that support such research, ethics and professionalism in social networking, the balancing act between cutting edge technology and patrons who still prefer conventional information service, and how to design systems and services to best support patron usage are some of the things that fascinate me in my work. Most recently I completed the requirements for a Master of Science in Database Technology from Regis University.
Prior to becoming a librarian I worked in the office furniture industry in a variety of roles, spent time as a technical support representative for an international software gaming company, and served in the Active Duty US Army Field Artillery at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. I earned my Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Michigan State University. My interests include spending time with my boys, photography, reading, hiking, playing all manner of games, watching movies, and daydreaming about writing professionally.
I also serve in active roles with the Virginia chapter of SLA, VASLA (where I am a member of the Board of Directors and Webmaster) and the Physics Astronomy Mathematics Division, PAM, as the Archivist. I enjoy being active with both groups for the interactions and networking with other library and information professional and gaining a broader perspective than working in a small special library grants.
My Role at NRAO
My foremost role is to provide public service to NRAO Library patrons including reference assistance, information resource procurement, circulation, and periodicals management. Additionally I administer the NRAO Library's ISSTT Proceedings and its associated database, am the back up web admin for the Library's web page, and work on the team that maintains the database of papers published by NRAO authors or that used NRAO instruments, NRAOPapers.
In July, I completed the course work and capstone practicum for my MS in Database Technology. w00t!! As a result of this in depth program I have been granted the expanded title of Librarian/DBA. Got to love those slashes. I probably shouldn't request new business cards until I have the diploma...?
Modified on Thursday, 09-Aug-2012 16:47:09 EDT by Lance Utley. lutley at nrao dot edu.