Molli Gonzalez is our Emerging Technologies and Reference Library here at John Tyler. Not only does she handle all online aspects of the library, she also specializes in information literacy and bibliographic instruction. She has been the perfect combination of teaching and technology at John Tyler for over eight years. Molli earned her Masters of Library Science from University of North Texas. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from VCU.
Why don’t you share a little bit about yourself?
I’m a native of the tri-cities, but I’m originally from Elkins, WV and most of my family still resides there. I’m a mom of one human and three four-legged children. My husband and I love to travel and have family and friends we visit all over the states and globe, but are concentrated in West Virginia, Florida, Puerto Rico, and the Netherlands. We are fortunate to live close to most of our families and are very much homebodies, but you can also find us volunteering with our local animal shelter.
What interests and experiences do you bring to JTCC libraries that will help you serve students and faculty?
I thought I would work in museums, but ended up in the library! I love to research and teach, but neither full-time, so the library was the best fit. The biggest kick I get out of my job is seeing the “a-ha” moment when a new skill or piece of information clicks for a student. Helping to create a more informed society is my main professional and personal goal. No matter what the subject, I want to help students (or anyone!) find the information they need to learn more about the subject at hand.
Tell us a little bit about your position here.
I am the Emerging Technologies and Reference Librarian which means I help with all things library and online! In addition to assisting with reference or research questions in the library, I am responsible for information literacy instruction both on-campus, online, and at our dual enrollment high schools. I also maintain the libraries’ website, Research Guides, and other web resources. In addition to teaching and reference, I also assist with collection development, planning, and programming events and workshop at both campus libraries.
What goals do you have for the library?
My forever goal is matching people to quality information for a more informed world, but my immediate goal is to see the Tyler Libraries as a second home for students. Not only do I see the library as the source for information, but also the place where students to come to explore, study, socialize, and continue to be life-long learners.
What are three things students and faculty should know about the library?
We don’t shush. Actually, we love to talk! Come to collaborate and share!
We strive to provide the resources and services you need! If we don’t have it, TELL US!
We sit around and read all day! No, just kidding- most of my time is spent on a computer instead! But reading all day does sound like the BEST. JOB. EVER!
What made you want to work in a library?
In all honesty…needing a job after college. I started in the public library and quickly realized I found my calling when I could use the research and teaching skills I loved so much (without being a high school teacher). I transitioned to JTCC eight years ago and have never looked back. Public libraries are fun, but I absolutely love the mission of the community college and the difference I can make in this type of academic setting.
On a more personal note, what is a favorite book of yours?
Ummm…you can’t ask a librarian this! Just kidding. It’s hard to name one though. If you don’t already know, I’m a huge Harry Potter fan- complete with a lightning bolt tattoo. I will even credit Potter for helping me to find my reading roots a little later in life (college). If not Potter, I will have to stick with my fantasy roots and say, The Wicked Years by Gregory Maguire. Don’t make me pick which of that series is my favorite though…okay it’s A Lion Among Men. 😉