Know A Librarian: Pamela

Last month we kicked off our “Know a Librarian” series. Each month during Spring & Fall we will feature one of our fabulous faculty librarians. This month we want you to get to know Pamela M. Salela, Associate Professor & Coordinator of (CINRC) Central Illinois Nonprofit Resource Center.

Pamela holds a M.S. in Educational Policy Studies from the University of Illinois – Urbana/Champaign (UIUC) & a M.S. in Library & Information Science from UIUC.  She also earned both undergraduate & graduate minors in Women’s Studies. She brings her passion and interest in the field to UIS, where she is currently teaching WGS301: Intro to Women, Gender & Society.

At Brookens, Pamela serves as the library liaison to Women, Gender & Society, African American Studies, Music, Public Administration and Educational Leadership. She’s also very active on the UIS campus, particularly in campus governance – Senate, Campus Planning & Budgeting. In addition, she loves helping students at the reference desk & really enjoys finding those teachable moments.

She also works with the Brookens government documents collection and was recently appointed to the Illinois Government Depository Council. She’s active in the Association of College & Research Libraries and is co-chairing a Program Planning Committee for the annual American Library Association Conference that will be held in Chicago in 2013.

Pamela’s talents & interests don’t end there! She’s passionate about music, theater, exercise, travel & her cats (one Italian, one Chinese, & one African American).

Though she loves all kinds of music, she is especially fond of classical, jazz and folk. While in graduate school Pamela sang in many choirs on our sister campus in Champaign-Urbana including Amasong, Chorus, Oratorio Society, Slavik Choir and chamber choir. She has also done some solo jazz as well as folk, where she will occasionally accompany herself on guitar. Pamela has also been a part of several theatrical productions over the years & she is currently assisting the UIS theatre department with locating sound effects for True West.

Phew! She’s one busy, fascinating and active lady – and there’s more to her than we can squeeze in this post! We’re glad you got to know her a little better!

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