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not only within Frito-Lay but with PepsiCo
as a whole. "The essence of library research,:'
she said, "can easily translate to competitive
intelligence. The trick is in getting out of your
comfort zone and providing true analysis with
your research. [Librarians] are also used to
organize information so it is a natural fit to
move into knowledge management"
Dexter Evans (M.S.'92)
is currently a field sales representative for
EBSCO Publishing that offers more than
300 resources and services to the corporate
market place. He covers three and a half
states (OK, CO, NM, and the North Texas
area) working with companies such as Frito-
Lay, Texas Health Resources, Raytheon, Texas
Instruments, Oklahoma General Electric, and
Borden Dairy, to name a few. Dexter explained
that his company is " looked upon as the
information specialist/consultant providing
examples on how other companies work to
improve and retain their employees as well as
preparing leaders to become familiar with the
needs of their organization at all levels":' His
role is to grow and manage existing accounts
and create new business opportunities.
Dexter stated that his "library background
definitely helps me to explain the 'big picture'
to prospective buyers when evaluating what
research to provide to their organization's
employees. Being a librarian allows me to
explain and demonstrate why it is important
to maintain continuity in research from higher
education to the workforce:'
Sarah Jones (M.S. '03)
is an associate at Spencer Stuart, one of the
world's largest executive research firms. When
she joined the company in 1999, Sarah was a
research assistant, utilizing print and online
resources such as OneSource and LexisNexis
to conduct person, company and industry
research to assist with ongoing executive
search assignments and identify new business
development opportunities. It was this role
that led Sarah to pursue the M.S. in Library
Sciences degree. Today, Sarah focuses more
heavily on candidate development, generally
for clients in the telecommunications and
industrial sectors. When a new executive
search begins, she is primarily responsible for

identifying, contacting and assessing potential
prospects against critical competencies for
success as she seeks to qualify and develop the
very best executive talent for a client's unique
need. In addition to her associate role, Sarah
took on the additional position of knowledge
manager for the North American marketing
officer practice in November. While her
associate role focuses on the external client,
the knowledge manager role focuses on her
internal clients-members of the Spencer
Stuart marketing officer practice-and is
designed to increase the firm's competitive
advantage and enhance practice performance
for executive searches across the various
industry and functional practices. Sarah also
uses her research and library skills to lead and
facilitate the creation of knowledge tools and
resources, intellectual capital and business
development initiatives.
JJ LeBLanc (M.S. '96)
is Senior Analyst for Strategic Intelligence
at Mary Kay, Inc., a global direct seller of
cosmetics with 5,000 employees, operating in
over 35 countries with $2.5 billion in sales.JJ
supports the strategic planning process and
key initiatives based on ongoing changes in the
competitive environment. She works closely
with senior management (executive board and
top vice-presidents) to identify, understand,
and present trends that may impact global
and regional strategies. She said that in her
current position she has made extensive use
of every technique learned in the management
class as well as search skills and capabilities
and reference interview techniques. Before
coming to Mary Kay in 2008, she worked
in a variety of environments such as the
University of Texas Southwestern Medical
Center Information desk manager, Ericsson,
Inc., and Texas Instruments.
Philip Montgomery (M.S. '95)
is an archivist at the John P. McGovern
Historical Collection and Research Center,
Texas Medical Center Library in Houston
(see also his article concerning participation
in an international symposium p. 5). Philip
said, "Some days I feel I have been handed the
leftovers from a yard sale and on other days all
I have to do is process well-organized filing

cabinets"' An archivist processes and organizes
collections of letters, photos, business records,
digital object and three-dimensional objects
such as plaques. Every archive is unique and
almost every object the archivist deals with is
an original. Once the materials are boxed and
put on shelves, they must be made accessible
by creating finding aids, which are descriptive
records of the collections. The finding
aids are put into EAD (Encoded Archival
Descriptions) using XML. Philip said that
he also creates digital exhibits, processes and
preserves born-digital materials, and works on
collaborative projects with other institutions
and within the Texas Medical Center Library
where he works. He also provides reference
services to patrons."I cannot imagine doing
this work without the knowledge I acquired
through library school. My library skills
allow me to work with metadata, create
organizational systems, conduct systems
analysis, and provide reference services."
Hilary Newman (M.S. '94)
Senior Vice President of Product
Development for Innovative Interfaces,
Inc., manages a department of some 85
development staff including programmers,
analysts, technical writers and development
managers. Her company creates and
maintains products and software that libraries
need to do its work and provide services to
its users. The company employs over 80
librarians and is the leading employer of
librarians in the state of California."When I
decided to get my library science degree [in
the mid-1990s], I had in mind that librarians
were special and had skills in organizing
information that would be incredibly
valuable as computers and the internet gave
rise to so much new electronic information,:'
she said. "I'm not sure I knew that I'd have
opportunities to develop and enhance library
software that does everything from storing
bibliographic information to sending text
messages to patrons that their book is ready
for pickup. The combination of library and
technology has been a perfect fit for me and
my background and interests with many
opportunities." She further stated that
she uses lessons learned in class with Dr.
Herman Totten on the principles of library

University of North Texas. College of Information. Call Number, Volume 71, Number 1, Spring 2012. Denton, Texas. UNT Digital Library. http://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc102309/. Accessed December 26, 2014.