Jason Soohoo recently joined NELA as the representative for the Academic Librarians Section.
Jason is the new education resource librarian at Salem State University. Jason earned a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Roger Williams University in 2001 and a master’s degree in library science from Simmons College in 2004. He is continuing his graduate education at Salem State University and is currently enrolled in the Master’s in Education in Technology program. Jason has a love for libraries and has worked at the Melrose Public Library since the age of 14. Jason continues to work part-time at the Winchester Public Library as a reference librarian and in the Melrose Public Library children’s department. Since 2010, he has served in the additional role of visiting instructor for computer science at Salem State and teaches the course ITC 100: Computers and Their Uses.
On a personal note, Jason says: “When I’m not in my office at the library, or teaching the computer course, or working on Sundays at Melrose and Winchester, I like to spend time with my family. My wife and I have a soon to be two year old son that we cherish oh so much! We are also expecting our second child in July. I’m also a huge sports fan, especially all my Boston sports teams, and of course, being a librarian, I love to read!”
Zach Newell sat down for an informal chat (over coffee) to get to know Jason better.
Z: What drew you to NELA?
J: I wanted to get more involved in the profession. I love that NELA is focused on all types of libraries around New England. As you know, I have experience in both public and academic libraries. I also have a love for all things New England.
Z: What does the NELA Academic Librarians Section do?
J: One of our primary responsibilities is planning for the Annual conference. It is really exciting bringing in speakers and forming programs of diverse interest to academic librarians around the region. I really enjoy making contacts with other academic librarians. My hope is to grow academic membership in NELA. I am currently working with other members to create a stand alone day-long academic section conference/workshop.
Z: How can people get involved with the Academic Librarians Section?
J: We are always looking for help. We are looking for help with conference planning, ideas for sessions. We are always looking for ways to grow membership and to get the word out. Feel free to contact me. Food always helps 🙂