For over 20 years, I worked full-time — mostly in senior executive management — for a Christian, international 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization headquartered in my home state of Michigan. Between career changes, I also successfully managed a mid-sized book store in Florida for a 300+ store chain and was the Executive Vice President of an independent Christian film studio in Ontario, Canada.
In 2006, I began my first, full-time professional librarian position as a special librarian (“librarian/historian“). I had received my MLS degree several years previously and had various forays into the profession. In February 2010, I began working full-time for a new non-profit in Fort Worth, Texas managing, coordinating and leading the creation of a large-scale digitization program creating digital libraries for a soon to be launched massive, non-profit, content website – OutdoorHistory.com.
My undergraduate studies included a double major in Education and Bible.
I have lived at various times and in various locations in SE Michigan, SE Ontario, Central Florida, S. California, and N. Texas. My beautiful wife is originally from Bogotá , Colombia.
I will post to this site a running commentary on my solo librarian “…experiences setting up a special library & digital libraries from scratch…“ along with relevant links and posts from others that I find helpful and/or interesting and in keeping me current with the state of librarianship.
[Disclaimer: This is a non-commercial, personal blog and not associated with any of my employers.]
Top Photo at the Vicksburg National Military Park (Standing in front of the remains the “USS Cairo Gunboat, a union ironclad commanded by Thomas O. Selfridge sunk by a Confederate mine, in the Yazoo River, Mississippi, 12 December 1862.“)
Below Photo from the U.S. Naval Historical Center: (USS Cairo in port on the “Mississippi River area during 1862, with a boat alongside her port bow, crewmen on deck and other river steamers in the background.”)
See how the USS Cairo was raised from the river for restoration: