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Gem Stone-Logan

Systems Librarian

Systems Librarian

The Seattle Public Library
Seattle, Washington
July, 2018 - Present

  • Lead administrator of the Horizon Intergrated Library System (ILS) and associated products including Horizon, HIP, BiblioCommons, and EZProxy
  • Support telephone notification (TM3) and SIP related products such as ACS (staff SIP client) and Liber8 (self-check)
  • Assist committees in an understanding of ILS capabilities and opportunities
  • Create ILS Reports using SQL (SQL Server)
  • Maintain existing custom scripts (mainly VBScript)
  • Write and revise documentation for ILS procedures
  • Contact vendors to report problems, provide feedback, upgrade software, and evaluate new products
  • Contribute to the Horizon community via the listserv and presenting at COSUGI

Technology Librarian

Mountain View Public Library
Mountain View, California
July, 2016 - June, 2018

  • Supported library services associated with the Sierra ILS including Sierra Desktop Application, Encore, and WebPAC
  • Worked with staff to optimize the ILS and research additional solutions for staff and patrons
  • Developed, automated, and distributed ILS reports using SQL (PostgreSQL), Create Lists, and Python
  • Customized Encore with CSS and jQuery
  • Worked with with vendors to report problems, explore solutions, upgrade software, and evaluate new products
  • Loaded eResource records into ILS using MarcEdit, Python, and Sierra Data Exchange
  • Wrote and revised procedures for ILS administration and routine record updates
  • Provided top tier patron support
  • Regularly contributed to Sierra listserv discussions
  • Developed and maintained the computer science collection
  • Rotating reference desk and in-charge librarian duties

IT Application Engineer

High Plains Library District
Greeley, CO
March, 2005- May, 2016

  • Administered the Sierra ILS including Encore and Decision Center (2014-2016)
  • Administered the Horizon ILS and associated products including Horizon, HIP, TM3, and Web Reporter/Narrowcast (2005-2014)
  • Integrated third-party content into public catalogs to improve user experience
  • Installed and configured EZProxy
  • Co-lead ILS evaluation, selection, and implementation when migrating from Horizon to Sierra
  • Supported and trained staff across 13 locations
  • Assisted committees in an understanding of ILS capabilities and opportunities
  • Developed, automated, and distributed ILS reports using SQL (PostgreSQL, MySQL, Sybase), Decision Center (Sierra), Web Reporter/Narrowcast (Horizon), Excel, and Analytics on Demand
  • Automated nightly database reloads from backup to second VM instance for MySQL and PostgreSQL (Sierra) as well as cross platform database loads for Sybase (Horizon)
  • Wrote and revised documentation for ILS procedures
  • Contacted vendors to report problems, provide feedback, upgrade software, and evaluate new products
  • Regularly contributed to Horizon-L and Sierra listserv discussions

Reference Librarian

High Plains Library District
Greeley, Colorado
July, 2004 - March, 2005

  • Provided in-person and virtual reference and information services to patrons
  • Instructed patrons in the use of library databases
  • Offered Readers Advisory services
  • Taught patron computer classes

Education

University of Illinois

Urbana-Champaign, Illinois
Master of Science in Library and Information Science
Graduated December, 2003

Walla Walla College

College Place, Washington
Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science
Minors in Business Administration & English
Graduated June, 2002

Additional Training

III Load Profile Training

February, 2017

ALCTS Fundamentals of Cataloging

December, 2016

III Sierra System Coordinator Basics with ASAA

December, 2014

Skills

  • Strong customer service skills with the ability to effectively communicate with customers of varying levels of expertise
  • Experience teaching technology to a wide range of ages and abilities, including staff technology training and public computer classes
  • Experience leading projects in a systematic and organized fashion while remaining flexible to unexpected obstacles
  • Excellent at finding creative solutions to difficult problems
  • Good at working well with a wide variety of personality types and skill levels
  • Continually strives to build positive relationships across the organization and community
  • Comfortable with public speaking
  • Quick learner
  • Self-motivated, organized, and detail-oriented
  • Comfortable with a variety of technical environments and applications