Where were you born?
I was born in Brooklyn, New York and actually attended Touro College in the mid 1990s.
Where else have you lived?
I have lived in Rochester, New York for over 25 years and have just moved back to the Far Rockaway area.
What languages do you speak?
While I am a native English speaker, I am proficient in Hebrew and can speak, read and write in it.
What fields have you studied and/or degrees have you earned?
I have an MLS in Library Science from State University of New York at Buffalo as well as NYS Teacher Certification in Library. I have a BS in Business Management from SUNY Empire State College. I am a certified Medical Transcriptionist as well. I have taught in the classroom, to grades ranging from kindergarten to college.
What is the part of your job that you enjoy the most?
Teaching students the research and information literacy skills that will help them be successful. Nowadays, you always need to figure things out. Once a student knows how to find the relevant information, there is no limit to how far they can go!
What do you think will be the most challenging part of your job?
Marketing and outreach! Having students realize what a great help libraries and librarians can be in helping them excel in their studies. From learning to how to find relevant information to citing research correctly, librarians and library are treasured resources that need good PR.
Your ideal vacation?
Taking my family touring in Europe (England, France & Italy) for a week and then going to Israel and living like a native in Jerusalem.
I like to dabble in many things, so I am concurrently working on a diamond art painting of an elephant and a paint by number of the Western Wall. I also like to keep my freezer well stocked with desserts, so I bake weekly. My favorite thing to make is lemon biscotti and grape sorbet.
Anything with chocolate 😊
Tell us one thing about yourself that most of us probably don’t know.
I can juggle! I currently juggle with balls and am working on juggling with pins.
Image credits: portrait courtesy of the author. Librarian avatar by Bitmoji.
Contributed by Elisheva Berenstein, Librarian at the School of Health Sciences