Sarah Beiting, M.L.I.S., M.S.
M.S. in Business Management, concentrating on organizational management with coursework in finance, economics, international business, ethics and contract law, and workplace diversity (2011-2013) – Argosy University: Chicago, Ill.
M.L.I.S. in Library Science, concentrating on academic librarianship with a specialty in technical services (2000-2002) – Wayne State University; Detroit, Mich.
B.A. in History, minor in Theater /Communications (1980-1984) – Kalamazoo College: Kalamazoo, Mich.
As the former library director of Brown Mackie College, a for-profit college library, I saw to the day-to-day management of a small facility that handled a patronage of over 500 students and 40 faculty and staff. In the past few years, I supervised the retro-conversion of the card catalog to an online format, a collection move from an antiquated facility to a new building, the upgrading and maintenance of library systems, and the conversion of student textbooks from print to e-book format on mandatory tablet technology. I have also collaborated with my colleague librarians at the 25 other Brown Mackie Colleges and the rest of the EDMC corporation network in annual censuses, training sessions, and new librarian orientation, and have chaired the librarian supervisory group and all-librarian roundtable. Finally, I have experience collaborating with colleagues on programmatic and national accreditation self-studies and visits, and have been commended for my participation in these self-studies by the American Veterinary Association, The Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy, and The Independent Council for Independent Colleges and Schools.
In a previous position as the former library director for Ave Maria College, a small Catholic liberal arts school, I gained pertinent experience with all aspects of academic librarianship, from circulation to reference; from cataloguing to general management. I negotiated contracts with online library system vendors, trained staff and students in the usage of new systems, and participated in the evaluation of online programs and media in order to improve future services. My crowning achievement was working as the primary collection development librarian and building a 100,000 volume liberal arts and sciences library collection and catalogue from scratch. That collection is currently housed at Ave Maria University in Florida.