I am very grateful to the University of Maryland, College of Library and Information Services, now the iSchool, for setting me on the right career path. After graduating with a BA in Art History, I had various jobs in different fields, including being a recreation coordinator overseas and an advertising assistant in small agencies. At age 30, I began my MLS program at Maryland. I think this is one of my wisest life decisions, to enter a profession that enhances my desire to keep on learning new subject matter and skills.
It has been a fascinating journey as an academic librarian. When I was in the program, I made some wonderful connections and discovered it was a great program to satisfy my eclectic interests and inquisitive mind. I have had the opportunity to teach, train, mentor, and contribute to the profession in many ways.
I am the supervisor of School Library Media Programs at Montgomery County Public Schools in Rockville, Maryland. In this role, I implement and direct MCPS library services and programs for 202 schools and implement professional development for the library media staff on instructional strategies, technology integration, and curriculum 2.0. I work with principals, library media specialists, and others in the delivery of effective library media program services and creatively solves problems that arise.
My professional success as a data analyst is due to my investment into the iSchool. As a management consultant providing analytic services to fraud examinations, cyber-crime investigations, and eDiscovery engagements my MIM degree has proven indispensable. My graduate research into the effective design of information dashboards has benefitted my clients as the next generation of analysts must learn how to design visualizations and work with ‘Big Data’.
In 2003, Victoria Weaver was reviewing various graduate schools to find a Master’s program that would complement, yet broaden, her years of IT experience and undergrad degree in Business Management. After months of searching, she discovered something unique and relatively new at UMD – the MiM program. “I knew this degree would prepare graduates for careers and career growth in information science, information technology, and management. Voila. I found my dream degree! Enrolling in the MIM program provided enhanced skill development in areas that I needed to sharpen such as website usability, competitive intelligence, knowledge management, and more.”
As an ardent proponent of information literacy, Dr. Wright promotes the engagement of librarians with faculty and students to facilitate teaching, learning, and research. She joined the library staff at Howard University in 1982 and currently functions as associate director and chief operating officer.