Scholarly Publishing Specialist
Scholarly Publishing Division
If I had grown up somewhere other than Northeastern Indiana, my affinity for climbing may have taken a different form. I spent much of my childhood hanging out in trees; and I have never quite outgrown my love of tree-climbing. As a rule, I don’t climb trees at my place of employment; however, my neighborhood is a different story. I may or may not have been seen climbing trees with my troop of children in the tree below me.
Not surprisingly, my favorite comic book hero is a climber. I have been a Spiderman fan since high school. I used to drive to the bookstore on the first of every month to collect the newest publications — looking over my shoulder to see if my activities had been observed by someone “cool”. During snippets of free time, I still read comic books, though I no longer care who knows.
I am delighted to join the Scholarly Publishing Division of the Purdue University Libraries as our new Scholarly Publishing Specialist. As an undergraduate, I recognized the role of librarians as partners in the research process, and made plans to position myself to become a partner to researchers — assisting the research process to the best of my professional abilities. As the mother of a cancer survivor, I can attest to being an advocate for Open Scholarship before I knew that such things as Open Access, Open Science, and paywalls were part of academic discourse. I count myself exceptionally fortunate to work for an institution that has demonstrated a long standing and strong commitment to supporting Open Access; and, look forward to continuing to help spur innovation.
My office is located in STEW 190 and my contact information is firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 49-48511.
Marketing & Outreach Specialist
Scholarly Publishing Division
I am very excited to see what my next chapter holds here at the Purdue University Press, but to begin with how I got here.
I grew up in the cornfields of north eastern Indiana, raised by my grandparents. Feeling trapped by the square patchworks of farmland, I found an escape in reading. Books became my way out, my way to travel, to experience, and to learn about the world around me. I read everything I could get my hands on, loving the way the words painted pictures.
It was my love for books that led me to writing. I wanted to put my own words on paper. I wanted to write about what was important: something that mattered and made people turn the page.
I wrote for my high school newspaper and I wrote creatively in my spare time.
When it came time for college, I knew I wanted to be creative and write, but I didn’t know how to make a living off of it. This is when I found communication. I could use my creativity to help tell other's stories. Purdue was always the college I wanted to go to. I was raised to be a Boilermaker. It was fate that they happened to have the exact program for me. I majored in Public Relations and Strategic Communication with a minor in Religious Studies.
As a freshman I began growing my Purdue network early by starting at WBAA my second semester and remained there until I graduated. During my senior year I continued to write and I took an internship at the Purdue Newsroom for Marketing and Media.
Along the way as graduation approached I realized I was not ready to leave Purdue. I began applying for positions on campus and was extremely excited to become a member of the Purdue University Libraries and Purdue University Press.
A few fun things about me. My favorite dog is a corgi. I have been to 4 of the 7 continents. Coffee is my weakness, I used to say that I should own stock in Starbucks, but I now work there part time.
My office is located in STEW 190 and you can email me at email@example.com. I look forward to meeting you all.