Jacob Berg's Online Portfolio

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Greetings, and welcome to my online portfolio.  I am currently Senior Librarian at a specialized government library in the Washington, DC metro area, and am interested in information literacy, open access, and social science, particularly political science, librarianship. 

In my opinion, the most significant and interesting opportunities provided by the field of information science are to provide people with the tools to access information.  Thomas Friedman has remarked that the world is “flat;” opportunities once only available to the wealthy in economically advanced countries are now open to all.  While Friedman uses this argument in reference to global opportunities, I think it is equally apt to discuss national and local ones.  Information, and access to it, is a powerful leveling tool.  By teaching patrons to access information, librarians and other library staff make it possible for patrons from traditionally underserved backgrounds to have the same access to information as more advantaged groups.  This equality of opportunity also plays an important role in civil society and democracy. 

Please see the above links for my resume and examples of my work.  Thank you for visiting.  Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. 

Education:

Master of Library and Information Science, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA. School of Information Sciences, 2010.

Master of Political Science, The George Washington University, Washington, DC. Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, 2007.

Bachelor of Arts
, Colby College, Waterville, ME. Major in Government, Minor in Japanese, 1999. 




Library Experience:

Stephen B. Low Library and Information Center, The Foreign Service Institute, The United States Department of State, via The ALC Group

Sister Helen Sheehan Library, Trinity Washington University, Washington, DC

Gelman Library, The George Washington University, Washington, DC

Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Butler Library, Columbia University, New York, NY

Burke Library, Union Theological Seminary, New York, NY

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