I am a librarian working for the Bureau of International Information Program’s Office of American Spaces at the U.S. Department of State on behalf of The Kenjya-Trusant Group.
The Office of American Spaces manages the corps of Regional Public Engagement Specialists (REPS) and provides support to the over 650 government-run American Centers and partner-run American Corners and Binational Centers around the world. My duties there include but are not limited to:
- Managing quantitative and qualitative data submitted by overseas posts about the American Spaces program and reporting on the data to Office, Bureau, Department, and other government stakeholders.
- Managing access to the Office’s virtual library and other Office and Bureau-provided electronic resources.
- Providing timely animated gifs related to coffee.
I graduated from the University of Maryland’s iSchool in 2008 with a Master’s degree in Library Science. My master’s thesis is “Advanced Content In State E-Government: Criteria for Evaluation,” and it is woefully out of date. But it did get me an MLS and a Library of Congress authority record.
My wife, son and I live in Rockville, MD and yes, we are familiar with the song by R.E.M. My wife and I write a blog about the Eurovision Song Contest called Eurovision Lemurs. You can see what else I get up to on my publications page.