Librarianship | Moriah Guy| August 28, 2019
Read how Moriah Guy, a New Business Development Manager in Technical Services, helps librarians maintain an easy workflow.
Moriah Guy is a New Business Development Manager in Technical Services at GOBI® Library Solutions from EBSCO. Learn more about Moriah, her background and how her expertise helps librarians maintain a smooth acquisitions workflow.
I earned a Bachelor’s degree in Biology with an emphasis in Zoology and research in Population Genetics and Forensic Entomology. Upon graduating, I really had no idea what to pursue as a professional. After working various jobs at a pharmaceutical company, I came to learn that though I absolutely loved studying Biology, the work opportunities weren’t for me. I realized I could put my analytics and research skills to use in Librarianship. Three months later, I started my Master’s program at U.S.C. while working full time. Halfway through the program, I took a leap and left the pharmaceutical industry behind and thankfully landed at GOBI Library Solutions.
I don’t think there was ever one event that inspired me. I have many fond memories of libraries influencing me as a kid. I remember my elementary school librarian teaching me sign language, helping me find books, and being the first to realize I had dyslexia. Her one-on-one help significantly changed my view of the world, showing me that books are truly what help us see beyond our individual experiences. I also remember using Jefferson Public Library (Jefferson, Wisconsin) to submit all my online FAFSA and University Applications, since we didn’t have Wi-Fi on the farm where we lived, and the dial-up internet was much too slow.
I have been working at GOBI Library Solutions since May 2017, and my current job title is the New Business Development Manager in Library Technical Services for the U.S. and Canada. It’s a lot of words to say that I help with new Library Technical Service setups and ILS migrations.
I get to work with so many libraries in a given week, which provides me an amazing overall view of libraries throughout the U.S. and Canada and gives me great insight into patterns in librarianship.
In a typical day, I have about three to four WebEx sessions with customers throughout the U.S. and Canada. I then mainly communicate through emails. We talk through services, advanced service mappings, ILS integrations, special projects, cataloging and all the technical items associated with maintaining a smooth acquisitions workflow.
I get to work with so many libraries in a given week, which provides me an amazing overall view of libraries throughout the U.S. and Canada and gives me great insight into patterns in librarianship. When I see patterns, I push for needed development to support the changing needs of libraries. I love working with libraries and the institutions that I’ve always wanted the opportunity to know more about.
I think many of my customers leave our conversations with more understanding of their current setups or upcoming setups and to some small degree, they leave with less stress. I cannot say how happy it makes me to be able to find a solution to a problem a library has been having, or to help with massive projects that ultimately affect the library’s patrons through the library’s services. My job is so awesome because I get to help libraries, and ultimately, patrons on a global scale.
I’m currently about halfway to my first-degree black belt in Shito Ryu traditional style karate, so I spend a lot of time at the dojo. I also love to sing. If I’m typing an email, chances are I’m also singing along to Pandora. As a kid, I trained horses and dogs, and I try to get back in the barn at least a few times a year (typically while visiting the family farm). At home, I am content with our three Chihuahuas, Genevieve, Dobby, and Tolkien, and our koi fish pond.
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