Hello everyone, my name is Gerald Rezes. Let’s see, I am one of those less than 25% minority library students who happen to be male. 🙂 I come to librarianship with a live long professional interest in computers and information technology. I would not have guessed that would be studying to be a librarian. But that changed after spending the last sixteen years working at an academic library.
I work for Loma Linda University, University Libraries. I started out as a computer technician working for the library. After my supervisor left, I was assumed the position of Library Systems Administrator. I have participated in the rapid change that technology has brought to libraries. For example, the Integrated Library System (ILS) has changed from being the online card catalog to a discovery platform that not only searches our cataloged monographs but our databases and digital library. Although librarians dislike the term, the biggest push in libraries today I think is that they are becoming more “Googlish” meaning a one-stop-place to find information. Librarians will argue that at least the results found through the library’s search are more trustworthy.
Back to me. I live in southern California specifically in Redlands. I am currently married with a son in fourth grade. I try to find time for astronomy and video game playing. Reading for school is usually all the time I have for reading but I enjoy listening to audio books while commuting. I am working on listening to the classics like “The Odyssey”, “Dracula” and “Moby Dick” because they are public domain and volunteer sites like Librivox present great downloadable versions.
I am just beginning with my SLIS program. I am taking my third and fourth classes this semester. I hope to learn throughout this course the finer specifics of using social communications for librarianship. I am a participating contributor to my library’s Facebook page, blog and website. We are still in our infancy when it comes to promoting ourselves in this media. I think we can do better and hopefully this course will give me some pointers to bring back to my work.
Good luck everyone, I look forward to working with all of you.