Ever wonder what the faculty and staff at the Pollak Library are working on? The “What are You Working On?” blog column (borrowed from the National Archives) aims to highlight some of the exciting projects we are working on, and profile our talented library team.
Meet Lindsay O’Neill, our Instructional Design Librarian.
Pollak Library Work
In what section or unit of the Pollak Library do you work?
I have a brand new position at Pollak Library – Instructional Design Librarian! I work with other reference and instruction librarians in the Instruction & Information Services unit.
What is your job in a nutshell so far?
As Instructional Design Librarian, my charge is to design and develop online library/research tutorials and to train librarians and campus faculty to use educational technology effectively.
What are you working on right now?
I’m working on a series of guides and videos on Pollak Library’s Top Online Resources: eBooks, Streaming Video, Research Guides, and more. I’m excited to share these “hidden treasures” with the CSUF community.
Prior Work Experience
Would you like to share a bit about your previous work experience?
I’ve had more jobs than I care to admit. I’ve loaded trucks and cargo planes at UPS. I spent years working in Yosemite National Park, with one freezing but scenic winter spent shoveling snow at Yosemite’s outdoor ice rink. I’ve been a substitute teacher, and a caretaker of historic property at The Ahwahnee Hotel. Most recently I worked on developing digital collections at Arizona State University Libraries.
What motivated you to become a librarian or to work in libraries?
I always wanted to teach college students. I love empowering students with the skills to find and use information that changes their lives for the better.
Would you like to share a bit about your educational background?
Bachelor of Arts in English – University of California, Riverside;
Master of Library and Information Science – San Jose State University;
Master of Educational Technology – Arizona State University.
What are your passions or interests outside of work?
I’m a runner, bike commuter, and triathlete. I’m currently training to run my third half marathon, followed by my first full marathon – 26.2 miles! I’m also planning my first thru-hike of the John Muir Trail, which is 210 miles of breathtaking scenery in the Sierra Nevada.
What is a website, database, or digital tool that you recently discovered and recommend?
I love using Padlet in my instruction sessions to get students to demonstrate what they’re learning!