I am Liz Wavle-Brown, Dean of the Gannett-Tripp Library at Elmira College. I have been an explorer in libraries my entire life and have worked professionally with computers in libraries and information technology since 1979, when I entered the University of Michigan as a graduate student in library and information science. The University of Michigan's library science program was one of the first in the United States to begin to blend library science and information technology. My career at Elmira College spans nearly 30 years (1980-1998, 2004-) and includes working with many different technologies from the earliest Apple computers and Franklin PCs on our campus which were housed in the GTL, to devices that have become smaller and smaller, such as smart phones and tablets. I have written computer programs for mainframe computers that are larger than my office, with less memory and less speed than my iPhone. I am particularly interested in the application of emerging technologies, Web 2.0, Library 2.0 and social networking in the higher education environment in both learning and administrative settings, as well as for entertainment. My iTunes Library contains over 8,500 musical selections. My Tom-Tom speaks Homer Simpson.
My love of learning, and libraries began when I was a young girl in the sixties, growing up in Homer, a small village, in Central New York state. We lived in a historic village home, just one block from the Phillips Free Library and it was there that a wonderful librarian, Miss Baldwin, assisted me and scores of other children, and adults, find just the right next book to read. As a child, reading opened my eyes
As my career, and technologies, have evolved and advanced over the past 36 years, I have been guided by one simple principle, or maybe two, or three - my goal is to help you and all those who come to the Gannett-Tripp
I hope you visit your Library often!