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  • Budget analysis and management
    I've managed organizational budgets for more than 20 years. Currently, the total scope of my oversight exceeds $9M per annum. I engage in routine approvals and reallocation, periodic analysis and forecasting, and annual planning and development.
  • Library management
    Over the past two decades I've managed libraries in a couple of very different academic contexts. I've overseen collection management and administrative functions in addition to serving as a head librarian.
  • Organizational management and leadership
    I've led and managed in a variety of roles and situations: in chain-of-command structures and in committees; as a direct supervisor, as a committee chair, and as a peer; as a solo manager and as part of a leadership team. My greatest reward as a manager/leader is seeing my unit become progressively more effective through strategic hiring, professional development, and restructuring.
  • Assessment and planning
    Over more than a decade I've gradually become more focused on evidence--embodied in a continuous assessment program--as the basis for decision-making and planning. My assessment activities have included analysis and reporting of data from surveys, transaction logs, focus groups, benchmarking, and more.
Analysis & Research
  • Information literacy
    My library science degree included a strong information literacy component. Ongoing activity as a consumer, producer, and mediator of information have given me confidence as a lifelong learner.
  • Data analysis and visualization
    The digital revolution is generating a vast sea of data. In an environment that emphasizes ever greater accountability, every organization must find ways to analyze and visualize data in ways that lead to better management. I'm an enthusiastic advocate for this transformation.
  • Academic and professional inquiry
    A colleague of mine once told me that he had entered the library profession because he was an interdisciplinary misfit. I can identify with that sentiment. Over the years I've engaged in various forms of scholarly and professional inquiry, leading me to produce published and unpublished studies in library/information science and beyond. I've employed philosophical, historical, and empirical methods.
  • Bibliography
    I'm skilled at locating, citing, and summarizing information sources. Over a decade I've compiled Christianity and Libraries: A Selective Bibliography, a searchable database of more than 500 sources.
  • Editing
    My editorial capacity is best represented by my 2002 anthology, Christian Librarianship: Essays on the Integration of Faith and Profession.
  • Writing
    I enjoy writing and I've done a good bit of it. I've seen my work published about 25 times; in addition, I've posted a number of unpublished essays on the Web. I've authored in a variety of genres: professional and scholarly journal articles, news articles, biographical and historical essays, and more.
  • Public speaking
    Like just about every other leader, I've taken on a variety of public speaking assignments: teaching information literacy sessions to college students, making presentations to professional colleagues at conferences, teaching classes at church, addressing college professors and administrators in meetings and workshops, and teaching a seminary course.
  • Fluency in Spanish
    I spent the latter half of my childhood in Mexico and Chile. I was enrolled in Spanish-speaking schools for 6 years and became fluent in the language. Given the rapid growth of the Hispanic population in the United States, my linguistic ability is a real asset.
  • Multidisciplinary perspective
    I've earned degrees in religion, library/information science, and business administration. I've also done graduate course work in communication and education. I read in various disciplines in an effort to expand the "intellectual space" within which I analyze problems and devise solutions. For more on this concept, see Teresa Amabile's article, "How to Kill Creativity."
  • Theological literacy
    I spent 4 years earning a Bible college degree. Though my career path led me to higher education rather than church ministry, my theological literacy remains a strong influence. Not only does my faith motivate me to undertake professional challenges; my experience with the Christian community suits me well for service to faith-based workplaces.
  • Higher education accreditation
    Over the years I've been exposed to the protocols of higher education accreditation. While I'm far from a specialist in this area, I've become sensitive to accreditation concerns by contributing to self-studies, compiling data reports, and attending training sessions.