Duckett works in the Research and Information Department at the NCSU Libraries, where she leads a team focused on instruction, e-learning, and outreach to undergraduates. Her expertise is focused on support of online learning, instructional technologies, and the integration of library services and resources into learning management systems.
"I have spent ten years working in this area, first focused on distance education and then, as learning became increasingly online in one form or another, on web-based learning in general," Duckett explains. "A recent project in this area is Library Course Tools, an application that automatically generates course-centric sets of library resources for all 6000+ courses at NCSU. Our project team won ALA's Office of Information Technology Policy's Cutting-Edge Library Services Award for the project in 2010."
Duckett also serves as project manager for the development of a rich suite of e-learning videos and works on infrastructure and best practices for support of video tutorial creation across NCSU Libraries.
In addition to these primary aspects of her position, she serves as the liaison to the College of Education, conducts user research on students' use of technology and spaces, and provides library instruction for a variety of audiences (both face-to-face and online) through virtual classroom software. "I'm passionate about critical information literacy and teaching students about the economics of information in particular, an area in which I've recently published," says Duckett. "I was also honored to be named a Library Journal Mover and Shaker in 2009."
"I entered SILS without ever having worked in a library, but within days I knew I had made the right decision! SILS gave me a grounding in librarianship that has served as a strong foundation on which to build my practice. I was fortunate to be awarded a graduate assistantship working in one of the branch libraries, which was an excellent complement to my coursework. I benefited greatly from thoughtful conversations and coursework with my advisor Dr. David Carr, and our friendship continues. I took full advantage of the field experience option and completed two field experiences in order to deepen my exposure to reference and instruction. I also benefited from contact with such a diverse student body at SILS. It was great to learn with people from such a variety of pre-graduate school backgrounds and having a wide range of interests in librarianship and information science. One of my great professional pleasures is to continue this exposure to the SILS student community. I love to host field experiences and participate in mentoring events sponsored by the SILS Alumni Association."