Hello, my name is Megan Molinaro and I am currently a Library Technician for Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, MO. I discovered the ILL SIG group this past year through the unConference. It was exciting to get to hang out with other professionals like myself seeking guidance from each other. I was so impressed, I jumped at the chance to apply as a Member at Large for the group.
I have been working in ILL or resource sharing since college—so nearly 8 years now. I was an ILL student assistant at Knox College for four years, took a break to try publishing, and then ended up back in St. Louis at a local university as the sole Interlibrary Loan Assistant. Throughout my time I have witnessed the beginnings of electronic article delivery, consortium lending, and multiple system changes. It’s one of the things I have always loved/hated about ILL—nothing stays the same for very long so it certainly keeps you on your toes.
I have also been fortunate to work in smaller libraries that have given me opportunities to learn a bit about managing a library, including trying to go as digital as possible. It’s not as easy as everyone seems to think! Now in KCMO I work to borrow and lend resources for the surrounding medical community as well as our own staff. My favorite thing about working in ILL is getting a glimpse of what people are working on from what they are requesting and it is certainly always interesting. I recently started my MLIS program through San Jose State University’s online program and I am interested to see how I fare as a digital learner. I am particularly interested in Digital Asset Management and Data Science and where there is room for librarian involvement within those fields. One thing I have always loved about ILL is the community that goes with it. Everyone is always willing to help each other out, so having a group dedicated to helping those communities connect with each other is really exciting to me. I can’t wait to see what we do together.