From Amy Blevins: An interview with Meredith Solomon, Outreach Librarian at the University of Maryland, Baltimore
How long have you been a librarian?
I have only been a professional librarian since August 2006.
How did you get into this field?
I got into the field of librarianship while I was a student at USF in Tampa Florida.
I was a student reserve assistant for 2 years, left the library for a couple of years to pursue my Social Work career but missed the library and went back on a part-time basis. When I moved from Tampa to Portland, OR in 1996, I knew I needed to finish my bachelor’s degree in order to pursue my MLS. 10 years later I had my B.S from Portland State University in Liberal Studies and an MLS from Emporia State University.
How long have you been a member of MAC?
I only joined MAC in 2007. Sometime around MLA, not exactly sure.
If someone asked you for one reason to join MAC, what would you say?
Networking and professional development.
Could you tell me a little about your current position and what you do?
My position is Outreach Librarian at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. My job is to connect with CBO’s, FBO’s and other organizations outside of the University, internal programs as well as Health Professionals throughout the state of Maryland to promote consumer health resources, write and collaborate on grants to bring funds into the University and to help our liaisons with outreach projects their schools are involved in. That is it in a nut shell.
What do you like to do when you aren’t being a librarian?
I like to travel but have not really had the chance to do much of that lately due to moving cross country in August 2005 and to Baltimore this past August 2006. BUT, I am going to be an Aunt for the first time so I am looking forward to many weekends to Boston to spend time with my new niece/nephew. I of course like to read (I recently acquired the Kindle 2 and liking it a lot; watch movies, and go to new restaurants and spend time with good friends.
What is the strangest patron request/situation you have experienced?
Not sure I can remember the strangest request or situation but working at the consumer health library in Oregon for 8 years I had a few phone calls and walk-ins about genital herpes and nocturnal emissions (wet dreams) from single moms who did not know how to talk with their sons about it. I guess you can call those strange requests J.