Jenny Emanuel Taylor is the Assistant Health Sciences Library at the University of Illinois at Chicago on the Urbana Campus. She focuses on the intersections of reference, instruction, and technology in libraries. She has worked extensively with library user experience and the discovery of library resources. She is also interested in how library users utilize library tools to benefit their research. She received her undergraduate degree in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia, a master’s in science in Information Science from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, and an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from the University of Missouri.
I’ve always been a person who craves information. I love to learn, love to do research, and from the early days of the Internet, have loved web design. When I was in college and trying to figure out what I wanted to do with my life, I kept gravitating to my summer job shelving books in my hometown public library. I knew that was not a career, but becoming a librarian intrigued me because I’d be surrounded by lots of interesting bits of information. I also wanted to be a better web designer, and libraries were looking for individuals with those skills. I went to library school, not sure what direction I would take (web design, public librarian, or academic librarian), and ended up an academic librarian doing technology work because I wanted to remain in the university atmosphere. I am very interested in creating ways to connect people to the online information they need in the more efficient manner possible.
Outside of libraries, I enjoy web design, tweaking my personal pages and understanding the nuances of Drupal and WordPress. I also enjoy travelling, skiing (which requires travel from Illinois), gardening, baking, and reading. I also have dog-like cat, a cat-like dog, a child-like husband, and an actual toddler.