Amanda MacDonald joins LSU Libraries and the Office of Research and Economic Development as the new LSU Discover Librarian.
Amanda completed her master’s degree in library science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She was awarded a CALA (Carolina Academic Library Associates) graduate assistantship, which provided her with a full scholarship, a stipend, and professional training opportunities for the duration of her degree. While at Carolina, Amanda worked in the undergraduate library in reference, instruction, outreach, and collection development. This assistantship was a great fit for Amanda, as she was able to work closely with freshman English students and instructors. Prior to entering the library field, Amanda earned a master’s degree in English from Auburn University and taught college English courses. Her experience as an English instructor informs her work as a librarian.
Amanda is particularly interested in research, reference, and instructional services. She has attended and presented at local, regional, national, and international conferences in those areas. During the summer of 2013, Amanda interned in the Rare Books and Special Collections Library at the American University in Cairo. As an intern, Amanda worked closely with the research desk staff and developed training materials to support reference and instructional services. She fell in love with the people and the culture of Egypt and is currently working on a publication related to her experience.
While Amanda had never been to Louisiana prior to her interview, she is excited about her new life in Baton Rouge. Amanda enjoys watching SEC football and is looking forward to seeing a game in Tiger Stadium.