Welcome to our new Mistress.

Kiyomi Deards
Kiyomi Deards

Web-Mistress, that is.

If you haven’t yet noticed, we have a new author here: Kiyomi Deards.  As of October 1st, 2009, Kiyomi officially joined the cast of the ACRL Residency Interest Group.  She will now be serving as Webmistress of this site, and Administrator of the Group’s online discussion list.  I think she’s the perfect fit for this position and have very much enjoyed working with her these past few weeks.

Currently, Kiyomi is earning her MSLIS from Drexel University and brings with her a range of technical experience, professional interests, and service work that more than qualifies her for the position.

After earning her Bachelor’s of Science in Chemistry from the University of Redlands in 2000, she began work as a lab instructor for the University of California-Riverside.  Following a nearly 8 year stint as the Gas Chromotography Chemist, and later Quality Control Manager, for Western Analytical Laboratories, Inc., Kiyomi turned her attention to the library industry.  In 2009, she began work as a volunteer for the Internet Public Library and also as an intern for Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden’s Research Library.

Kiyomi has quickly thrown herself into a variety of professional groups and round tables including NMRT, SSRT, the Science and Technology Section of ACRL, and ACRL’s Asian, African, and Middle Eastern Section.  Kiyomi has also recently been named as a recipient of ARL’s Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce scholarship (IRDW).

(She’s on a roll.)

As a self proclaimed “librarian, scientist, and teacher at heart,” Kiyomi hopes to “promote service and learning in the academic and research library communities.”

Please join me in welcoming Kiyomi to our Group.
Good things.

-Megan

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