I – the Cecily in cecily.info – was born in Atlanta, Georgia and spent 32 years of my life there before I high-tailed it to Vancouver, Canada as soon as the ink on my marriage license was dry. The marriage ended recently, but I still call Vancouver my home.
I have been a usability professional, college radio DJ (WRAS/Atlanta), a sometimes surly (but always well-intentioned) technical support representative, and violin player. It was my frustration with the way software was designed for the needs of programmers and highly technical users rather than the general public that led me to a career in user-centered design. It was my love of information, intellectual freedom, and service that pulled me back to librarianship. I work in the digital services unit of a large, urban public library system in western Canada, I’m a lover, not a fighter, and I am training to win a world record for toe-joint cracking.
I’ve been interested in photography ever since I got my first Polaroid camera at age 10, but in the last two years, it has provided me the creative spark I have been longing for ever since I quit playing the violin. I quit because I was entering high school and didn’t want to look like a dork.
But then I became a librarian…
Professionally I’m interested in user experience, communications, team building, marketing of library services, community digital initiatives, open data, social media, content strategy, transforming the role of librarians and information professionals, and investigating the intersection of social issues, technology, and public librarianship. I’m available to speak at library conferences on these or other issues. Use the contact form below to get in touch.
In my personal life, I enjoy riding my bike (not racing), reading young adult novels, Twitter, and iPhone photography. I currently live in Vancouver, BC. I blog here at cecily.info, and you can also follow me on twitter, or visit my tumblr where I post things that don’t quite merit a full blog post.