A chinese lion statue I was born and raised in Minsk, the capital of Belarus, a former Soviet republic. In 1989, I graduated from the Belarusian University of Culture with my Masters Degree in Library and Information Science. Upon graduation, I was offered a teaching position at the same department and taught Library Science courses for five years. During these years I traveled extensively across Europe as a member of the international organization “Servas”, spent two summers as a Rotary exchange student in Holland, and attended conferences in Finland, Russia, and Poland. In 1994, I received a Freedom Support Act Fellowship from IREX (USIA) to come to the United States as a one-year graduate exchange student. While at LSU, I applied for the Masters Degree Program in Library and Information Science and was subsequently awarded a full-tuition award. During my graduate studies I had a wonderful opportunity to spend two summers as a summer intern at the Library of Congress. I worked in European division as well as Congressional Research Service. I graduated with my M.L.I.S. in December 1995. In January of 1996 I started an Advanced Certificate Program in Library and Information Science and after completion I was offered a Web Manager/Reference and Instructional Services Librarian position at Michigan Technological University Library. While working full-time at Michigan Tech, I was in  PhD program in Rhetoric and Technical Communication. I completed all the coursework but unfortunately wasn’t able to complete the program due to a new employment offer in California. In May 2001 I accepted a web manager position at Whittier College where I presently work full-time. I also work as a part-time librarian at Rio Hondo Community College and freelance in web design.

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