Archive | February, 2019

Get To Know George Peckham-Rooney, the new Communications Lead of the SLA Embedded Librarians Caucus

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This month, George Peckham-Rooney becomes the new Communications Lead of the SLA Embedded Librarians Caucus. Nadine Anderson sat down with George for a chat about his work, what he likes to do for fun outside of work, and his plans for the Caucus.

Nadine Anderson: What is your job title?
George Peckham-Rooney: My current title is Data Analyst.

Nadine: Where do you work and how long have you worked there?
George: I work for Emory University and have been here since 2015 (albeit across different schools/departments within the university) with my latest role being in the Office of the University Registrar.

Nadine: What are your main job duties? What groups are you embedded in?
George:I work within the Office of the University Registrar where I help manage/extract/compile data for our student information system in relation to external and internal reporting needs.

Nadine: What do you love about what you do?
George:I love helping people. I work regularly with members throughout the Emory community whose goal is to improve the experience for our students and other constituents. If I can have a small part in that goal then

Nadine: What do you like to do for fun outside of work?
George: I have two small children so the majority of my time outside work is spent being a dad though that often includes a great deal of fun (though work too). I spend as much time as I can reading (listening to audiobooks too), and playing board games in a local Dad’s board game group.

Nadine: What is the one thing people would be surprised to learn about you?
George: I enjoy reading about monetary policy and follow financial podcasts like Marketplace and Planet Money.

Nadine: What are the key things that have made you successful as an embedded librarian?
George: I have always thought of librarianship as being a generalist career path (i.e. having a variety of complementary skill sets) and I think being an embedded librarian further emphasizes this flexibility. Being able to be professionally curious, learning new subjects areas/skills, and leveraging your librarian skills in new ways is critical.

Nadine: What will your main priorities be as Convenor/Communications Lead of the SLA Embedded Librarians Caucus?
George: My main priority will be to help users connect with the caucus and that they feel a sense of community among the members.

End of interview.

Thank you George!

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George Peckham-Rooney Taking Over As Caucus Communications Lead

Please welcome our new Communication Lead of the SLA Embedded Librarians Caucus George Peckham-Rooney, Data Analyst at Emory University. If you look back at the SLA Embedded Twitter Account, the first post is a share and comment from Nadine on a post George made from his personal twitter about their participation as panelists on the first Embedded Librarians Caucus webinar. George focuses on building and employing systems for capturing, analyzing and organizing information. He specializes in building focused taxonomies/ontologies for information retrieval, but has other professional interests that includes user experience design, information retrieval/research and knowledge management. Within that capacity he is adept at analyzing data and developing decision-supporting deliverables with an aptitude for enabling knowledge capture and leveraging it for increased value. He is a strong team player with ability to work independently and has a penchant for finding innovative solutions to problems.

Thank you to Nadine Anderson (University of Michigan-Dearborn) for her many years of service as Co-Convener & Communication Lead of the SLA Embedded Librarians Caucus. Nadine initially volunteered to be the Communications Chair for the caucus and then took on more responsibilities and became Co-Convener as a result. Her responsibilities included: coordinating webinars and conference proposals, panels and outings for the caucus; managing and writing content for this SLA Embedded website and blog; and keeping the SLA Embedded Twitter Account current.

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