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Tutor profile: Brenda K.

Brenda K.
Librarian with extensive experience in business, news, medical, and academic reference


About Brenda

About Brenda
I earned my MLS from the University of Albany and since graduating from the program, I spent several years working as the Hospital Library Services Program Manager for the Southeastern NY Library Resources Council before working as an award-winning investigative researcher at the Chicago Tribune for almost a decade. Currently, I am employed full-time as a librarian for the New York Small Business Development Center and part-time as an adjunct librarian for Siena College. Since the pandemic began almost a year and a half ago, I’ve been working...

Teaching Experience

Teaching Experience
After completing a second Master’s in Writing, I taught composition, literature, English as a Second Language and theatre at DePaul University in Chicago. I also spent one year teaching English in Milan, Italy.
DePaul University
Master's Degree
1997 - 2000
SUNY at Albany
Library and Information Science
Master's Degree
1989 - 1990
George Washington University
Bachelor's Degree
1983 - 1985

Work Experience

Work Experience
New York Small Business Development Center, Library Information Specialist
2019 - Present
Provide business reference to small business clients throughout New York State.
Siena College, Adjunct Reference Librarian
2018 - Present
Provide reference to students and faculty at Siena College.
Self, Freelance Archivist/Researcher/Writer
2015 - Present
I am a writer - primarily a playwright and dramaturg - who is still very active in the theatre community. I have in the past also done freelance archival work for a manufacturing company.
DePaul University, International Student Advisor
2012 - 2015
Advised F-1 and J-1 visa holders enrolled at DePaul University.
DePaul University, Instructor
2002 - 2013
I taught composition, literature, English as a Second Language and theatre.
Chicago Tribune, Researcher
1998 - 2008
Researcher supporting deadline-driven news and investigative reporting.
American Hospital Association, Library Information Professional
1997 - 1998
Medical reference.
Southeastern New York Library Resources Council, Manager, Hospital Library Services Program
1994 - 1997
Oversaw 19 hospital libraries over eight counties in Southeastern New York. Included reference support.
Person To Person Language School, English Teacher
1993 - 1994
English language teacher in Milan, Italy.
Majors Scientific Books, Sales & Marketing Representative
1990 - 1993
Managed a three-state territory (AZ, Southern California, Southern Nevada), providing support to bookstores and libraries.


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