Career 411 – Never Too Late to Jump start Your Career!

Don’t gamble with your career! Instead, bet on yourself and prepare to take your career to the next level. We can help! Drop by this session and get the advice and mentoring in the areas of YOUR choosing such as resume and cover letter writing and review, where to find information for that first job, and even how to change jobs. Curious about how social media can assist you in creating that professional image that will impress future employers? Stop by and get the answers that you seek! Sessions will be staffed by a team of skilled and experienced professionals in the field who want to help you to succeed.


Leadership and Professional Development


Sandy Avila is the Science Librarian in the Research and Information Services Department at the University of Central Florida John C. Hitt Library. She is the subject librarian for the Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, and Statistics departments, the College of Optics and Photonics and their Center for Research and Education in Optics and Lasers, and the NanoScience Technology Center. Sandy handles reference service, research consultations, collection development, and library instruction for her assigned areas and works to develop engaging programming to benefit STEM initiatives around campus. Sandy is an active member of FLA, FACRL, ACRL, and ALA and has presented at international, national, and state level conferences. Her research interests include: emerging technologies in education, online learning, STEM-related programming and instruction and as an Orlando native, Sandy enjoys boating, the outdoors, traveling, and seeking adventure! 

John Abresch is an Assistant Librarian, in the Collections & Discovery Department at the University of South Florida Library. John serves as Coordinator of Collections and provides oversight for collection management activities and acquisitions workflows. John has Master of Arts degrees in both Geography and in Library and Information Science. His research interests include library collection development, electronic resources management, and social aspects of geo-informatics. He has published in the field of geographic information systems librarianship.  John has been active in the Florida Library Association since 2005 and has served on different member groups and committees including Technical Service, Membership, and Library Career Development.  He is currently serving as a member of the Marketing & Membership Committee.

Tim Bottorff is an Associate Librarian at the University of Central Florida, where he serves as both Head of the UCF Connect Libraries and Head of the UCF Rosen College of Hospitality Management Library.  He has been active in the Florida Library Association since 2004 and is currently serving as a member of the Marketing & Membership Committee.

Jacalyn Bryan is an Associate Professor/Reference and Instruction Librarian at Saint Leo University. She has published in peer reviewed journals and presented at international, national and state conferences on topics related to library instruction, information literacy, assessment, and critical thinking.   Prior to pursuing a career in academic librarianship, she served on the dance faculties of Keuka College, Saint Leo University, University of Tampa, and University of South Florida.

Amber Downs is the Manager of Public Service at the Maitland Public Library. She has been working in libraries since 2007 and received his MLIS from Florida State University. Downs has worked in both public and academic libraries and has spent time in both reference and youth services.

Jenny Eason is the Member Services Coordinator at NEFLIN, a multi-type library consortium serving 24 counties in Northeast Florida. She earned her MLS at Florida State University and BA in English Education at Harding University and has worked in both academic libraries and public school libraries.  Between 2014 and 2016, she taught at an international school in South Korea.  In her time at NEFLIN, her duties have included serving as the project manager for the Sunshine State Library Leadership Institute, of which she is a recent graduate, and NEFLIN's Marketing Project; overseeing NEFLIN's Interest Group program; and traveling throughout Northeast Florida on outreach visits to member libraries.  She enjoys traveling near and far, spending time with her nieces and nephew, and learning how to hand embroider.  

Peggy Glatthaar is the Head of Customer Services at Florida Gulf Coast University.Where she enjoys managing, developing, and evaluate the library’s Customer Service Department, which includes Circulation, Interlibrary Loan, and Course Reserves. She enjoys biking and only on sidewalks in Florida. 

Jaime Goldman is the head librarian at the Nova Southeastern University Oceanographic Campus Library in Dania Beach, FL, where she enjoys the opportunity to combine her experience and education in marine and library science when working closely with students, researchers, and faculty to meet their education and research needs.  Jaime has been an active member of FLA since 2007, and has served on several committees and member groups, including the Leadership Development and Library Career Development committees.

Andrew Hackler is the Stacks Manager for the John C. Hitt Library at UCF. He has presented at local and national conferences, is an active member of FLA, serves as the Vice Chair of FLA’s Library Career Development Committee and a member of the Paraprofessional Certification Working Group, and has graduated from the Sunshine State Library Leadership Institute year 14. Andrew leads a team of 3 full-time staff and anywhere from 1-2 dozen student employees to ensure equal access to library materials and consistent improvement to library users.

Leah Plocharczyk has an MLS and an MA in Sociology.  She is currently Assistant Director of the John D. MacArthur Campus Library at FAU’s Jupiter campus where she oversees all aspects of the library’s operation.  She is active in mentoring students, as well as leadership and library outreach.  She has published articles on library collaboration with marine mammal stranding networks and conflict management within libraries.   She is currently co-authoring a book about the importance of library book clubs as educational tools for adults with ID.

Nancy Schuler has been an academic librarian for more than seven years and is currently the e-Resources & Collection Development Librarian at Eckerd College.  Her areas of interest include digital scholarship, library spaces, and campus partnerships.

Carol Anne Stiglmeier is an educational leader with deep knowledge of curriculum and instruction and a proven record of designing and implementing impactful teaching and learning experiences for all ages.  Presently she serves as the Director of Professional Learning for the Southeast Florida Library Information Network (SEFLIN), introducing learning opportunities designed to inspire individuals and library teams to continually pursue learning for themselves, for their library and for the communities they serve. Before coming to Florida Carol Anne was project manager for the development of New York State’s public school curriculum and teacher professional learning programs and a policy advisor to the New York State Board of Regents.
She began her career as a teacher of French and English and served as a reference assistant for the New York State Law Library.  She holds a BA in Romance Languages and Literatures from Wells College, a MLS from the University at Albany, State University of New York and 2 post-graduate certificates in Education and Leadership from Harvard University. She has studied and worked in Mexico, Puerto Rico, Spain, and France and has published over 20 curriculum and educational policy works for New York and several nonprofit institutions.



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