I am an academic librarian currently working at Tacoma Community College, in Tacoma, Washington.
I have been lucky to participate in librarianship across the globe and the United States, having also worked in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Wisconsin, Texas, and Oregon. I practically grew up in libraries, and I have many years experience in academic and public libraries and teaching information literacy. I earned a master’s degree in library science from the University of North Texas and a bachelor’s in English from West Texas A&M University. My professional interests include information literacy, open educational resources, intellectual freedom, and librarians in pop culture.
While working at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, I participated in the inaugural WeLead program, a program for mentoring leaders in the library field. Through the support of WeLead, I became active in the Intellectual Freedom Round Table (IFRT) of the Wisconsin Library Association (WLA). I was privileged to meet the smart, generous, and incomparable Judith Krug (1940-2009) at the WLA Annual Conference in 2007, which led to my internship on the national Intellectual Freedom Committee and active involvement in the American Library Association (ALA).
From 2008-2011, I lived overseas and worked at Zayed University, located in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the UAE. Our international adventure was a fantastic experience, and I was involved in ALA’s International Relations Round Table and co-chaired the International Poster Session Committee.
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I have also been researching librarian portrayals in film for almost two decades, which led to my Reel Librarians website and blog, which blends both my professional and personal interests of librarians and movies. With Reel Librarians, I take a deeper look at how librarians are portrayed in film.
I am a proud second-generation librarian! My mother is a semi-retired school librarian.
My first few years were very exciting — I was born overseas and travelled to many countries, all before my second birthday. My parents moved overseas to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to work as teachers. My family lived in the city of Dubai for several years, and during that time, I came along!
My parents then moved back to the United States, eventually settling in a rural area in the northeast corner of Texas. I grew up there and graduated as the high school valedictorian. Even though I no longer live in Texas, I still am committed to using the word y’all — and I hope to spread its use wherever I go!
I have been married to Samuel Snoek-Brown since 2001. Easy tip to pronounce our last name correctly: “Snoek-Brown” rhymes with “book town.” Appropriate for a librarian, no?
My husband and I now call Tacoma, Washington, home. We enjoy traveling, watching movies (of course!), reading good books, drinking good coffee, blogging (!), and hiking through the gorgeous natural scenery of the Pacific Northwest. Our two beloved cats, Ibsen and Brontë, are world travelers, too!