Ranger Librarian: Helping you find the way.
Jenny Gapp: Teacher, Ranger, Librarian
TRT experience at Grand Canyon National Park, 2010.
This website began as an electronic portfolio for my MLS (Master of Library Science). Here you'll find artifacts that are linked to the Emporia State University's (Kansas) School of Library and Information Management's Outcomes and Values. Artifacts are derived from coursework completed during my graduate program as well as on-the-job experience as a Library Media Teacher at Cascade Junior High (Turner, OR) and a cultural resources internship completed at Grand Teton National Park (Moose, WY). The site has since been built out and contains products and experiences from subsequent jobs with Portland Public School District, and Grand Canyon National Park. It now serves as professional repository and personal blog space. Welcome.
"Ranger Librarian" refers to my philosophy of librarianship. Information science can be contextualized in any professional setting: schools, public libraries, academic libraries, information brokering, and archives; it can also be applied to a trip to the mechanic or a road trip a National Park. Working as a seasonal ranger aide for Silver Falls State Park I learned that rangers wear many hats: interpreter, maintenance worker, enforcer, administrator. Librarians too, wear many hats, we do more than, "shelve books and stuff;" just as a ranger does more than, "prevent forest fires." Our work is cyclical, we: create, produce, disseminate, organize, diffuse, utilize, preserve, and destroy. In transferring information we become Bradbury's walking collection of human memories and emotions. There are no robots or search engines that can delve as deeply as we can into human information needs. Our job is to wrangle information and ensure that it endures for the wisdom of future generations.
I am a ranger librarian, helping you find the way.