Meet Amy, one of our new librarians!

Hello! I’m Amy James and I am the newest Assistant Professor/Librarian here at the Albertsons Library. Not only am I brand new at Boise State, but I am also new to this area. I was born and raised in Michigan (just outside of Ann Arbor—Go Blue!). I have lived in Michigan my entire life, so coming out to Boise was a huge adventure for me. My husband, Grant, and our cat, Sutton, were excited to come along for the ride (well…not so much the cat—but that’s another story!).

I received my undergraduate degree in English Literature and my Masters in Library and Information Science from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. As a graduate student, I concentrated my coursework on academic librarianship and emerging technologies. When I graduated in 2012, I worked as a librarian and branch manager for one of the Genesee District Library’s 18 branch locations in Flint, Michigan. But, I always wanted to work in academia…so I decided to continue to pursue academic librarianship. About a year later I ended up with a tenure track Emerging Technologies Librarian position at a small private Christian Liberal Arts College in south central Michigan called Spring Arbor University. SAU was a great place to launch my career as an academic librarian. I was there for two years before ending up here at Boise State.

My position here focuses mostly on instructional design for information literacy sessions. I also help to incorporate technology into library curriculum, create library instruction video tutorials, and help students and faculty with their information needs! I am currently serving as the liaison to the Organizational Performance and Workplace Learning (OPWL) department.

Okay, okay…so besides working, I love to run. I have enjoyed running through the foothills and on the greenbelt since arriving. I am excited to run in the City of Trees Half Marathon here in Boise this October. I also love hiking, biking, kayaking, reading, drinking coffee…lots of coffee, learning about different cultures and trying new foods! Please stop by the library and say ‘hi’ if you get a chance—I’d love to meet you!

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