Cara B. Stone
Instruction Librarian in Iowa
I am excited about and have experience with connecting community members to library resources through interdisciplinary collaboration, instruction, and innovative programming. I love using my skills to forward the library's role in supporting the mission of higher education by serving and retaining students to graduation, and preparing them to be engaged and responsible global citizens in pursuit of meaningful personal and professional futures. I value opportunities to use my strengths in instruction, assessment, programming, and outreach to serve diverse groups of library constituents, as that is work that energizes and excites me! I love serving academic learning communities because librarians have such wide-ranging responsibilities; I am an educator, organizer, facilitator, collaborator, outreach expert, and public servant. Above all else, I am a person who cares and wants to help the campus community be successful.
I currently serve as an Instruction Librarian at Iowa State University, having previously worked as Coordinator of Information Literacy Instruction & User Experience Librarian, and Faculty Development & Instruction Librarian, both at Grand View University in Des Moines, from 2011-2017. I am a member of the Iowa Library Association, ILA/ACRL, ALA, and ACRL, and contribute regularly to the iLOVE (instruction Librarians Organization for Virtual Engagement) Blog. I received my MLS from Indiana University's School of Library and Information Science in May of 2011. Prior to graduate school, I spent three years teaching elementary and middle school students to play stringed instruments. I am a 2005 graduate of Luther College, and return to Decorah each summer to serve as counseling staff for the Dorian Summer Music Camps. I grew up in Boone, IA and am proud to be an Iowan!
Among the things I love are family, friends, teaching, learning, laughing, music, listening, volunteering, the arts, NPR, hiking, and dogs.