Position Title: Associate Dean
Employer: Library at California State University San Marcos
Degree/Year: MSIS, 2005
“I love engaging with smart individuals, and energizing them as they discover their interests.”
When we interviewed Char she was the E-Learning Librarian at the UC Berkeley Library, but just recently she decided to pursue new challenges as the Instruction Services Manager/E-Learning Librarian at Claremont Colleges. According to Char's blog, this "is a newly created role at an organization that she believes will provide much opportunity for creative growth and skill building."
As an E-learning librarian, Char Booth works directly with faculty and students at U.C. Berkeley to provide individualized research support and develop the Library's IS collection. She researches the integration of education, research, technology, and design in library services.
Char's background is in history, and though she considered getting her Ph.D., ultimately she found her calling in academic librarianship. "It's a perfect fit for me to work with people, and be able to continue my own research," she says. "I love engaging with smart individuals, and energizing them as they discover their interests. The ultimate goal is getting the students and users I work with to admit they're stoked about something."
While at UT, Char built friendships and connections with fellow students that continue to help her today, as well as a strong mentorship with librarianship professor Loriene Roy. She also found that working in the UT library system was extremely helpful in gaining practical experience.
Char was named a 2007 ALA Emerging Leader and a 2008 ALA Mover and Shaker. Before joining U.C. Berkeley, Char worked as a Reference and Instruction Librarian at Ohio University's Alden Library in Athens, Ohio. Her innovations include a "Skype a Librarian" program, using open source Web 2.0 tools to build an interactive FAQ knowledgebase, and helping create a Tech_Casting wiki as an American Library Association Emerging Leader.
Char blogs about media literacy, web development, and instructional/2.0 technologies at http://infomational.wordpress.com/.