Nataly Blas started volunteering with libraries in the first grade; libraries have since become a focal point of her life. While working at a library at Florida State University, she discovered her calling: she loved being able to teach, to educate students on using a library’s resources, while still having the opportunity to learn in an academic setting. “First three months, I fell in love,” she said about the Florida State position. Before coming to LMU, she served as a diversity resident librarian at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where she promoted diversity initiatives. During her time there, she was honored as one of The American Library Association’s “Emerging Leaders of 2014,” which recognizes the top up-and-coming librarians in the industry.
Currently she works as the reference and instruction librarian for business at LMU, educating students on the library’s research resources and, as she puts it, showing them how to “use the research wisely.” As a subject-specific librarian, she helps students refine their research for business course ideas and proposals, giving her the chance to shape what might one day become a successful business model. “Students come in with real business ideas, and I walk them through the research process,” she said. “And I love working one-on-one with them.”
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