Academic libraries, writing, editing, my Belgian Malinois – Liza with a Z Watstein, my cat – Neiman Marcus Watstein, boxing, hiking, and movies, particularly documentaries, are some of the passions in my life. A native New Englander, I received my BA from Northwestern, MLS from UCLA, and MPA from New York University.

I have worked in academic libraries for my entire career, including both public and private institutions on both coasts. I began my career at California State University Long Beach (CSULB), and continued at New York University, Hunter College, Virginia Commonwealth University, UCLA, and the University of North Carolina Wilmington prior to relocating to Seattle in July 2017 to begin work as Dean, Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons at Seattle University.

I edit Reference Services Review (RSR) a quarterly, refereed, international journal dedicated to the enrichment of reference knowledge and the advancement of reference and library user services.

I also serve on the editorial board of portal: Libraries and the Academy , a Johns Hopkins University press publication focusing on important research about the role of academic libraries and librarianship. portal also focuses commentary on issues in technology and publishing.

In Seattle, I am honored to be invited to serve on Seattle Shakespeare’s Board, service which began this spring.