Librarians are generalists and Angie is no exception. Give her a topic area and she will do the research required to write one heck of an article, advertisement, or informational piece on that topic. In her role as a librarian, her writing has primarily been focused on informational pieces such as writing instructions, explaining new policies or procedures, creating advertisements and signs, and writing up research results. However, she worked for the Illinois Department of Revenue for 4 years and those talents were also applied to tax related topics such as FAQs for taxpayers, rewriting and reviewing website pages for better understanding, creating help sheets for her coworkers in the Taxpayer Assistance Division, and training documents for new software rollouts. As you can see, Angie is a versatile writer with great flexibility and the ability to choose the correct tone for each piece she writes.
She is interested in Health, Nutrition, Books, Humor, PC Gaming, Role Playing Games, Finances, Education, SEO and Art, specifically painting.
Like her writing experience, Angie was a liberal arts student and therefore, has a wide area of interest. While English was her major and her passion, she took almost as many history and psychology courses. She studied management, film, art, philosophy, and even human sexuality. Her passion for learning and then being able to integrate and write about them is what led her to librarianship and now to a career focused on creating content both written and visual.
Angie's studies during her graduate work introduced her to writing technical documents for websites, computer programs, and tutorials. Working in the studio for the live online classes, she helped troubleshoot issues learning how to use chat to convey how to fix issues. She also wrote guides and tutorials for students to use on their own when running into difficulties. In her studies, she learned to create websites and how to write content for them. As she continued on to her career, she applied all of these skills in each position she worked in.
Angie has worked in a public library, at a University, and at a Presidential library, so she has had to write materials for a large variety of audiences and with a variety of tones. She's written for the teen population, the general public, and highly acclaimed academics and authors.
While a lot of the writing she has done to date is more in the field of "boring", Angie is a weird egg who enjoys creating stuff regardless if it's something like policies or how to documents. However, she has a quirky sense of humor that she can inject into her writing when the job demands it. Most of her humorous projects were a combination of verbal and visual jokes making many of her examples unable to be shown here. However, she did apply as a comedy writer and wrote this piece for her online portfolio's welcome mat.
On Angie's portfolio, she wanted to show that she could write a blog post with a more personal tone while still conveying the pertinent information. The sample she attached is a post she wrote regarding an article she had read on keto.
As a faculty member of a University, Angie taught classes and gave presentations on how to find information and do research using University tools for both students, staff, and other faculty. She put together many handouts, PowerPoints, online tutorials, and Podcasts using Camtasia to provide tools to both on-campus and off-campus students, faculty, and staff.
Angie had many duties when she worked at the University but her favorite was creating digital signage advertising events, notifications, hours, and quick help tips. Because many of her advertisements were visual, the sample will include an explanation. At every job she's possessed, Angie has been assigned to create advertisements and publications since her ability to design as well as write has been recognized by her supervisors and colleagues. She is a people-person and understands what strikes visual appeal and how to persuade people. Her sense of humor is often found in her work.
During Angie's time at the University, an integrated search engine was rolled out with a portal system for all University functions. With the significant changes to how one would access databases and do online research, she created a brochure to help students and faculty navigate the new webpages. She created many handouts but got accolaids from the Provost of the University for the tidiness of her brochure despite the complex, sometimes convoluted procedure for accessing information.