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Monday, April 18, 2016

Meet MLC Monday: Jennifer Todd

Meet Jennifer Todd, Digital Services Library Consultant at the Mississippi Library Commission. Lovingly called "Nabz" by many in the library community, she works in the Technology Services Division assisting libraries and their staff with implementing and using current and emerging technologies in their libraries. Mrs. Todd assists with staff training, like helping them learn how to use Microsoft Office Suite, eBooks, and the Cloud. She has also helped develop many of the new library websites across the state. (Did you know that most of them are now mobile-friendly?) Nabz maintains a close relationship with Mississippi State University Extension Service and their Intelligent Community Institute. She is also the chair of the MLC Celebration Committee which plans events for staff at the Commission. She additionally serves as the web committee co-chair for the Mississippi Library Association and is on the web committee for the Asian Pacific American Library Association. Jennifer began as an intern at MLC in August 2010 and was officially hired April 2012. She obtained her MLIS in 2012 from the University of Southern Mississippi.

"I love working with the most important asset in libraries--the staff. It's a joy and honor to meet all the wonderful, diverse personalities who serve the public in libraries across the state." Nabz thinks that even though many services and a lot of information are being placed online, there is still a disconnect between the general public. "Libraries and library staff are important because they not only provide a computer and the internet, where people might need assistance with online job applications or school assignments, they also function as digital literacy skills teachers. We help people evaluate the information available to them."

Jennifer is a newlywed; she and her husband were married last September. She loves trying out new recipes and plans to start online classes this summer to pursue an associate's degree in computer networking. She enjoys historical fiction. Number the Stars and Copper Sun are two of her favorite novels.

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