Amy L. Ranger

amy@researchrangers.com


Education

• Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven, Conn. M.L.S., emphasis on Academic and Special Libraries. 2006.
• Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Mich. B.Sc. Student-planned curriculum. 1995.
• Ferris State College, Big Rapids, Mich. A.A.Sc. General printing. 1986.

Experience

Nov. 2008–present. Chief Executive Officer. Research Rangers LLC, Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Entrepreneur in an independent knowledge-based business that locates, organizes, and provides reliable data to individuals, businesses, and non-profit corporations. Recent projects included:
• Ongoing management, organization and provision of text files scrubbed of non-ASCII data for a long-term research project on word maturity and text complexity, underwritten by The Gates Foundation;
• Creation of an index for Without a net: librarians bridging the digital divide by Jessamyn West, published by Libraries Unlimited;
• Continuing development and maintenance of websites for well known artists such as Hugh Acton Wood and Metal Sculptures; Isher Artifacts, owned by Tullio Proni, Windoworks Glass Art, owned by Pamela Benjamin, and Lori Francis Art Work.
• Instructed 60 sixth-grade students at the Blandford School (Grand Rapids Public Schools) how to make a felt placemat from raw wool;
• Moderated focus groups of disaffected students at six area high schools for the Kent Intermediate School District as a follow-up to 17,000 surveys, which led to the formation of a new high school in the district.

Oct. 2011–present. Circulation Assistant. Kent District Library, Kentwood, Michigan.
Serves the public at the Circulation Desk by checking in and out library materials, collects money and overdue fines and lost and damaged materials, issues new/replacement library cards, registers new patrons and processes name and address changes. Responsible for collection maintenance duties: sorts and shelves library materials; empties book-drop(s); shelf-reading; shifts materials; cleans, dusts, and inspects library materials for damage; discards and repairs library materials. Ensures circulation policies and procedures are followed for the proper handling of customer and material records for an accurate library database. Sorts, packs, unpacks, and inspects library materials received from or being delivered to other libraries. Runs reports and lists for item hold information and inter-library loan requests. Searches shelves for requests, retrieves items requested, and routes items appropriately. Contacts customers or other libraries as necessary. Provides informal reader’s advisory service from the circulation function. Provides information to customers regarding the Library’s circulation policies, procedures and refers issues to branch management as appropriate. Counts, balances, and records monies received through the circulation function. Provides assistance to customers and staff in the use of library equipment and machines (e.g., copier, on-line catalog, word processing, etc.); performs routine maintenance and corrects minor malfunctions of library equipment, such as refilling paper and toner and assisting with paper jams.

Aug. 2006–Aug. 2008. Catalog Librarian. Grand Valley State University, Allendale, Michigan. University Libraries.
Served as principal cataloger, establishing goals, priorities, policies, and standards. Oversaw original and copy cataloging of all formats, including serials, into the integrated library system (Endeavor/Ex Libris: Voyager; then, beginning June 2008: Innovative Interfaces: Millennium). Provided cataloging leadership, supervision and training to staff on a continuing basis. Familiar with bibliographic formats for all materials, including electronic, in accordance with rules and policies established in or by the AACR-2, MARC-21 and OCLC input standards, LCSH, and LC Classification. Provided post-cataloging oversight to maintain catalog consistency; maintained quality control through database maintenance. Provided user-centered reference services on a regular basis. Participated in faculty meetings and inter-collegial fora.

Sept. 2004–June 2006. Weekend circulation supervisor and media services assistant. Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo, Michigan. Upjohn Library Commons.
Trained and supervised student employees; provided reference as necessary; scheduled media equipment and materials using the booking module of the integrated library system Millennium from Innovative Interfaces, Inc.

Feb. 2000–May 2004. Senior cooperative- and special-format cataloger. Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan. University Libraries.
Performed original and copy cataloging for non-print materials: video recordings, music compact discs, and slides. Used and applied standards and rules of AACR-2 and MARC-21. Routinely used OCLC Passport and Connexion; Endeavor Voyager ILS, Library of Congress Cataloger’s Desktop and Classification Web database utility programs. Elected to the Library Staff Advisory Board in 2002 (treasurer) and 2003 (chair). Awarded a Staff Development Grant by the Friends of the University Libraries, February 2004.

May 1992–Dec. 1999. Manager. Deadly Passions Bookshop, Kalamazoo, Michigan.
Responsible for ordering new titles and backlist from publishers’ sales representatives for a mystery, romance, and science fiction specialty store that offered new and used books; coordinated author signings and events; evaluated and priced used books for the resale market. Supervised day-to-day operations of the business for absentee owners, 1995-1999.

Jan. 1990–Oct. 2006. Partner. Isher Artifacts, Kalamazoo, Michigan.
Bid and scheduled prototype and custom design and machining jobs; managed production facility of science-fiction-related toys and props. Managed sales and conference schedule, website, accounts receivable and accounts payable. Designed and created unique works of fiber art with hand-painted silk and hand-felted wool.

Oct. 1979–May 1984. Materiel Facilities Specialist (685x1). United States Air Force.
Provided inspection, inventory, receiving, storage and issue support to the 40th Tactical Group at Aviano Air Base, Italy, and to the 366th Maintenance Group at Mountain Home AFB, Idaho. Honorably discharged.


Continuing education

• Reference and User Services Association, Chicago, Ill. RUSA Online Professional Development: Reference Interview. 2009.
• Reference and User Services Association, Chicago, Ill. RUSA Online Professional Development: Business Reference 101. 2009.
• Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women, Grand Rapids, Mich. MYOB, Class 35. 2008.
• Michigan Library Association, Lansing, Mich. Resource Sharing, Now and in the Future. 2008.
• Association for Library Collections & Technical Services, Chicago, Ill. Basic Map Cataloging. 2007.
• Michigan Library Association, Lansing, Mich. Academic Libraries Day: Institutional Repositories. 2007.
• University of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario. Symposium: Future of the Integrated Library System. 2006.

Volunteer work

• Grand Rapids Art Museum, McBride Library. Grand Rapids, Mich. Library volunteer and catalog advisor, 2009–2012, Volunteer of the Year, 2011.
• Blandford Nature Center. Grand Rapids, Mich. Fiber art demonstrator, 2005-present; library volunteer, 2011–2012.
• Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women, Grand Rapids, Mich. Speaker, Lunch with Punch, April, 2009.
• Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, Wege Library. Grand Rapids, Mich. Library volunteer, 2007.

Computer skills

Developed computer skills at a time when mainframe computers were standard on U.S. military bases. Routinely used microforms to locate data on parts and supplies for military aircraft and vehicles. Learned to focus on in-depth content analysis and honed expertise in taxonomy building, indexing, and cataloging. Currently proficient with Mac OS and Windows; Microsoft Office; FileMaker Pro; HTML, CSS, RapidWeaver, and many other utilities, browsers, and applications.

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