Since graduating from SILS, I've worked in three types of libraries. I started at the Virginia State Library (now The Library of Virginia) as a reference librarian right after graduation, and was promoted to head of the reference department after four years. We moved from Richmond to Roanoke, and I worked for almost four years at Fishburn Library at Hollins College (now Hollins University). Since 1990, I've been at the law firm of Woods Rogers PLC in Roanoke (formerly Woods, Rogers & Hazlegrove, PLC). If you see a trend here, I can tell you that the name of my college has also changed, and the SILS was the SLIS when I was at UNC!
At Woods Rogers, librarianship is only part of my job description. I'm also the records manager, continuing education coordinator, conflict-of-interest checker, and I receive service of process for a business that serves as registered agent for about 550 companies in Virginia. I never know what will be on the agenda when I go into work each day! The subject of my master's thesis was moving a library, and since the firm library has been moved twice since I got here. The second time I did all of the work, and the moving!, myself, and was glad I'd written that thesis.
I will finish my year as chair of the Private Law Libraries Special Interest Section of the American Association of Law Libraries in July. I have also been the secretary of the Virginia Association of Law Libraries, and have done committee work for both organizations.
"Carolina gave me a great education, and a great start in my career," said Jane.