This month’s featured alumna is Ginny Lewis! Ginny graduated from the UNCG LIS program in May of 2003 and currently works as the Division Manager for Research Services at High Point Public Library. Read on to learn more about Ginny!
- Had you worked in other areas before entering library school?
I am a registered radiologic technologist and worked in healthcare for 20+ years prior to obtaining my LIS degree at UNCG.
- What was your first library job?
I worked as an Information Desk assistant at Jackson Library at UNCG while obtaining my graduate degree. That was a wonderful experience and I thoroughly enjoyed working in an academic library.
- What do you remember most about your time in the UNCG LIS program?
I absolutely loved working at Jackson Library. I learned so much and enjoyed working with staff, students and the general public. I also enjoyed the amount of access I had to professors. They were generous with their time and expertise in teaching me throughout my time as a grad student at UNCG.
- What is your current position and what does it entail?
I am the division manager for Research Services at High Point Public Library in High Point , NC. I manage five professional staff members and five paraprofessional staff members in my division. I am responsible for collection development for nonfiction in print and e-content. I produce and manage line item budgeting for my division, procure electronic database subscriptions for the library, procurement of periodicals for the library’s periodicals collection, oversee management for the library’s public computing center and I also oversee stacks management for both reference and circulating nonfiction collections.
- Do you have any projects going on that you’re particularly excited about?
I am a member of the library’s leadership team so I participate in some of decision making processes for our library’s initiatives and action plans. I am also involved as a team member in e-content procurement for our library. I am learning lots of new things pertaining to e-content. I enjoy learning about new technologies and computer equipment. I am also involved in a project that encourages LIS students to volunteer in our library to gain experience. I volunteered at Greensboro Public Library for several months after I graduated in 2003. My volunteerism at the Reference Desk at Central Branch of GPL enabled me to obtain my first library position at GPL. That investment paid off with a professional position at HPPL. I learned so much, and was mentored by wonderful staff members at GPL through the years. I participate as a mentor for NCLA as a result. I love talking to and working with librarians and LIS students.
- How do you feel the profession has changed since you graduated from UNCG?
Trends in mobile smart phone technology, e-content, and cloud computing are keeping me busy learning new ways to provide services and resources to the community our library serves. I am having lots of fun learning about all these new ways to deliver services and content to the people we serve in High Point. I also have noticed that we are using more technology to do outreach in our community. We are making connections in the community in order to advocate for our public library as well as educate the community about what we can provide. We are having an impact on the quality of life for the general public as well as enhancing small business interests, entrepreneurs, and non-profit agencies. Connecting with interested stakeholders in our community has opened my eyes to how valuable public libraries can be. I am very excited about the changes I have seen in my profession since I graduated in 2003.