Innovation is the Focus for Emerging Technologies Librarian

A Message from Stacey Johnson, East and Winter Park Campus President

When Emerging Technologies Librarian Karli Mair tells people she is a librarian, a common response is, “I’ve always wanted to be a librarian since I love books.” Karli loves books too, but this passion is not what drew her to the profession. With two master’s degrees, one in religion from Harvard University and another in library and information science from Syracuse University, Karli is an effective specialist in a range of information settings: academic libraries, information literacy and online learning.

So often people equate technology with fancy electronics; while, in truth, technology is anything that enables us to solve the problems we face each day. Karli uses Josue Gimbernard, a Valencia graduate, as an example. Josue developed an adapter, OpenOcular. This device enables any cell phone with a camera to take pictures through a microscope or telescope. He utilized software at the East Campus library, the 3D printer on the West Campus and the photography studio at the Orange County Public Library to jump-start his project.

Karli feels this example portrays what the 21st century library is all about — providing the resources and environment to facilitate the creation of knowledge. Access to previous knowledge through books, articles and films is only one part of what a library has to offer. Karli envisions our library continuing to help students, faculty and staff solve the problems faced daily through innovation. She is currently working on library support for online and hybrid students and is creating information literacy modules in Canvas that faculty will be able to integrate into their courses.

If you have any ideas for how the library can better support your technology or innovation needs, please contact her at kmair@valenciacollege.edu or at 407-299-5000, extension 2165.

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