Connie Moss is a returning UNT alumna, earning her MSLS in 1992. Connie's path to the professional degree was a long one, interrupted by marriage and family moves. She started her studies in Library Science in 1972 at Western Michigan University before marriage. She studied (and worked) at California State University, Hayward (CSUH) before moving to Texas and earning a B.S. in General Studies from University of Texas, Dallas. While accompanying her military husband oversees, Connie worked in the base library at Ramstein AFB, Germany. Connie did a stint as a museum assistant in New Mexico before moving to California where she worked in the library of CSUH. Arriving in Texas Connie worked as a paraprofessional in library technical services for Garland's Nicholson Memorial Library while earning her B.S and M.S. degrees. Connie's first post-master's employment was five years with the Carrollton Public Libraries where she was first the Systems Administrator and then Branch Manager. Connie went to Dallas Public Library as the manager of the grant-funded Interlibrary Loan Center, a position she retained for three years. In 2000 Connie was hired by the Coppell William T. Cozby Public Library. In her eight years with Coppell she served in a variety of positions including: Circulation and Operations Manager, Public Service Manager, Technical Services Manager, Systems Administrator, and Assistant Director. In 2008 Connie returned to Garland as the Coordinator of the grant-funded Northeast Texas Library System (NETLS). As NETLS Coordinator Connie works with 106 different public library entities, providing consulting, evaluating needs and devising programs and plans to meet the information needs of their library users. Although the region has some very large metropolitan libraries (9 serve over 100,000 and of these 4 serve over 200,00 with Dallas' population 1.28M), 77 of the libraries in our service region serve communities under 25,000. In fact, 56 server fewer than 10,000 and 37 libraries serve populations of less than 5,000.
The PEARL project dovetails nicely with Connie's current position. She hopes to learn additional techniques and resources to use in her job while she works with library staff taking part in the project. Connie hopes help the participating libraries with their planning and forming collaborative efforts to address community needs.