My name is Leo Stezano. I finished my MLIS degree from Syracuse University in 2011 and went to work at Columbia University’s Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, managing the Seymour B. Durst Old York Library project. I started this blog as a space to organize my assignments and general thoughts on the MLIS and Librarianship, and I’m hoping to turn it into an ongoing reflection on librarianship in general and my own library career in particular.
I am relatively new to the library field, having spent the past 14 years working in the private sector. After receiving a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Dartmouth College, I worked in market research, consulting, software development, financial services, real estate development, and healthcare. I have been a consultant, a software developer, a project manager, and a business analyst/product manager. My true passion, however, is to connect people with the right information at the right time, in order to enable them to make meaningful, data-based decisions; in 2009, I decided to focus on this interest by becoming a librarian.
My specific interests within the field of library science are project management, digital librarianship, and information architecture, but my overall goal (and passion) is to tame the wild flow of information and help place some context around it, so that our society has meaningful access. The electronic revolution is increasing the amount of information available to the average citizen, but decreasing the amount of understanding. This is the space I want to work in, and I see the librarian as a logical candidate to take the lead and see this effort through.
Other interests include: the culture of Uruguay (where I was born and raised), reading, fútbol (playing and watching), cooking, music, and doting on my two kids (born July 2010 and February 2012). I am a dog lover without a dog (you could say I’m in between dogs), and I hope to remedy that soon.
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