Melanie Wood, MLS






Zayed University, P.O. Box 19282 Dubai, UAE

Skype: Melaniewood8














Master of Library & Information Science

May 2001 – May 2003

Long Island University



Brookville, NY






Bachelor of Arts in Literature


September 1997- May 2001

State University of New York at Purchase



Purchase, NY




Professional Experience






Zayed University Library


August 2014- Present

Instruction and Reference Librarian



Dubai, UAE



·         Deliver information literacy instruction to students.

·         Provide reference service to faculty, students and staff.

·         Develop and maintain online guides and website. LibGuide administrator.

·         Coordinate and develop the Library’s online presence, including social media.

·         Market the latest print and electronic resources to students, faculty, and staff.

·         Works closely with fellow librarians, faculty and staff in the implementation of library programs.




Central Piedmont Community College


September 2012- August 2014

Campus Library Manager



Charlotte, NC



·         Managed the operation of the Harris Campus Library, including reference, instruction, and circulation services.

·         Hired, scheduled, trained, and provided leadership to professional librarians and staff, monitored performance, and reviewed completed assignments.

·         Planned, organized, and managed projects.

·         Promoted CPCC Library resources and services via social media and other.

·         Engaged in outreach to students, faculty, staff, and community.

·         Developed displays and programming that created a welcoming environment for students, faculty, staff, and community.

·         Gathered data and produced statistical reports.

·         Engaged in troubleshooting software and hardware issues.

·         Provided supplemental library instruction and basic computer training through Library Labworks.

·         Designed print and web-based instructional resources including guides, handouts, web pages, and tutorials using a variety of tools including course management software.




University of North Carolina at Pembroke


June 2010- September 2012

Instruction and Reference Librarian



Pembroke, NC



·         Coordinated, assessed, and delivered information literacy and library instruction sessions designed for freshman level through graduate courses, and community users.

·         Liaison to School of Education, Psychology, Business, Communications, English, Religion, History, and Chemistry. Duties included instruction, collection development, and support.

·         Designed print and web-based instructional resources including guides, handouts, web pages, and tutorials using a variety of tools, including course management software.

·         Responsible for maintenance of electronic classroom.

·         Participated in providing electronic resources training to library staff.




Johnson & Wales University


November 2008-June 2010

Reference Librarian



Charlotte, NC



·         Provided reference assistance for a unique academic body.

·         Supervised student workers and advised interns; opening and closing responsibilities.

·         Conducted information literacy training in a state-of-the-art learning lab.

·         Contributed to the library’s online course and subject-related information guides, LibGuides.

·         Enhanced and organized the menu collection of more than one hundred actual restaurant menus from around the world.




Charlotte Mecklenburg Library


May 2004- April 2010

Reference Librarian



Charlotte, NC



·         Provided reference services including readers advisory to a large, diverse community.

·         Delivered technology training to the public, including training in all Microsoft Office programs.

·         Primary contact for several system-wide events such as The Big Read and Teen Summer Reading

·         Reached out to various segments of the community by delivering information sessions to groups, led book clubs at assisted living centers and volunteered with teens.

·         Coordinated use of a busy auditorium and community room.

·         Served as interim head of reference, planning and carrying out administrative duties including budget and finance, personnel, and maintenance of equipment and facility.

·         Organized the successful murder-mystery fundraising event “Love Your Library to Death.”

·         Leader of the Teen Book Club and Teen Anime Club.

·         Member of the Teen Technology Team and the Teen Reads Team.

·         Member of the Bizlink Team, which developed business information programming for the public.




Jacksonville Public Library


October 2003-May 2004

Reference Librarian



Jacksonville, FL



·         Provided reference services including readers advisory to a large, diverse community.

·         Held several weekly teen programs, such as a poetry club and a gaming group.

·         Coordinated use of the community room, liaison to various community groups.

·         Maintained the African American browsing section.

·         Oversight of the processing of new books and maintained various displays.

·         Designed and produced “Using the Internet” and “Searching the Internet” technology programs, offered to the public for the first time at the Highlands Branch of JPL.




Pace University Law Library


September 2002- October 2003

Processor, David Sive Archive



White Plains, NY



·         Sorted and prepared for archival use more than 50 boxes of legal documents donated by the landmark environmental lawyer David Sive

·         Created a 1500 item finding list in Microsoft Access, which is still the primary tool used in this collection.

·         Created a MARC record for the collection.




Sarah Lawrence College


May 2002- October 2003

Reserve Department Manager



Bronxville, NY



·         Worked with professors and students of Sarah Lawrence College to create a special circulating collection of 20,000 books and materials needed for current classes.

·         Provided daily coverage on of the reference desk.

·         Assisted the reference staff in bibliographic instruction on a monthly basis.




Newark Public Library


September 1996-June 1998

Circulation Clerk



Newark, NY



·         Checked books in and out in a medium-sized town library.

·         Reader’s advisory in children’s, teen and adult collections.

·         Supervised and assisted in the public computer lab.


Professional Organizations






Information Literacy Network, Vice Chair Steering Committee



Information Literacy Network, Communications Chair



Information Literacy Network



North Carolina Library Association



Southeastern Library Association



North Carolina Community College Library Association


National Organization for Women



American Library Association



Metrolina Library Association




University Service






Faculty Advisor to the Equestrian Club



Zayed University Web Compliance Team



Central Piedmont Community College Annual Family Campaign Co-Captain


Club Advisor to Secular Student Association


Club Advisor to Muslim Student Association


Club Advisor to Anime and Manga Club



Faculty Conciliator



Academic Support Services Subcommittee


Diversity Committee





Library Service



Collection Development Committee, Chair



Web Services Team, permanent chair



Information Literacy Committee



Collection Development Committee



Library Faculty Council, Chair



Strategic Planning Committee



CPCC Library Marketing Team



CPCC Library Leadership Team



Chair of Social Concerns Committee at UNC Pembroke


Staff Development Committee UNCP Library


Planning Committee UNCP Library



Publications Committee UNCP Library



Teen Read Week Team and Teen Technology Team


Teen Summer Reading Team and The Big Read Programming Team


Leader of Teen Outreach Team and Member of the Weeding Team


Bizlink Team, Captain of the Company Research category






Conference Presentations





Western Balkans Information Literacy Conference

June 21-22, 2018

Bihac, Bosnia-Herzegovina


Participation on the Scientific Committee


Facilitated a workshop on conducting a Living Library


Presented a paper titled: “Information Literacy Outside the Classroom.”



ILN Spring Symposium

March 1, 2018

Dubai, United Arab Emirates


Coordinated a day long discussion of latest trends in Information Literacy

Presented an outline of my research on reading and research skills of university students in the Gulf region



ILN Spring Symposium

March 8, 2018

Abu Dhabi, UAE


Coordinated a day long discussion of latest trends in Information Literacy

Presented an outline of my preliminary research on Library certificate programs in the United Arab Emirates



ManLibNet Management in Libraries

September 15-17, 2017

New Delhi, India


Presented a paper titled “Using LibGuides in the Classroom



Summit of the Book

November 2-3, 2016

Limerick, Ireland


Presented a paper titled “Fishing in a Sea of Stories” Reading Preferences of Gulf University Students.



Special Libraries Association Arabian Gulf Conference

March 17-19, 2015

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates


Moderator of a panel discussion on entrepreneurial librarianship..






North Carolina Community College Learning Resource Association Conference

April 14-15, 2014

Blue Ridge Community College, Flat Rock NC


Coordinator of vendor exhibitions.






NCLA 57th Biennial Conference


October 15 -17, 2013

Winston-Salem, NC



Hosted opening reception breakfast, meet and greet with conference mentoring participants.

Coordinated Winston-Salem endowment pub crawl.

Introduced author Rebecca Lee for the New Members Round Table breakfast.

Participated as interviewer in practice interviews for job seekers.

Tips and Tricks for the Job Seeker, moderated a panel of hiring managers.




Metrolina Library Association 8th Annual Information Literacy Conference

June 13, 2013

Johnson & Wales University, Charlotte, NC


Presented a poster titled: Bridging the Technology Gap: Providing Computer Basics to the Community.




Metrolina Library Association 7th Annual Information Literacy Conference   

June 14, 2012

Johnson & Wales University, Charlotte, NC


Presented a poster titled: Using Anime and Manga Collections to Bring Students to the Library.




National Organization for Women, Southeastern Regional Conference

May 18, 2012

Raleigh, NC



Facilitated a workshop titled: Misogyny in the Media, Examining the Documentary Generation M.




Metrolina Library Association 6th Annual Information Literacy Conference

June 16, 2011

Johnson & Wales University, Charlotte NC



Presentation titled: Library Instruction Boot Camp.




Metrolina Library Association 5th Annual Information Literacy Conference

June 17, 2010

Johnson & Wales University, Charlotte NC



On the publicity team, assisted with the promotion of the event.




North Carolina Library Association Conference

October 6-9, 2009

Greenville, NC



Hosted a networking breakfast event with the New Members Round Table.




Metrolina Library Association 4th Annual Information Literacy Conference

June 17, 2010

Johnson & Wales University, Charlotte NC



On the publicity team, assisted with the promotion of the event.




Metrolina Library Association 3rd Annual Information Literacy Conference

June, 19, 2008

Johnson & Wales University, Charlotte NC



On the publicity team, assisted with the promotion of the event.




North Carolina Library Association Conference

October 16-19, 2007

Hickory, NC



Served on a panel for the New Members Round Table.




American Library Association Annual Conference

June 22-28, 2006

New Orleans, LA



North Carolina State Library Scholarship recipient.




Special Libraries Association Annual Conference

June 7-12, 2003

New York, NY



Assistant to a presenter.






Professional Development






ACRL Scholarly Communication Workshop


April 26, 2018

NYU, Abu Dhabi



Attended a grant-funded workshop outlining copyright and other issues scholars face in publishing and teaching




IFLA President’s Meeting

June 3-5, 2015

Bilgi University, Istanbul, Turkey






American Libraries Association Regional Conference

November 11-13, 2014

Sharjah, UAE






Our Library of the Future, Symposium


September 12-13, 2013

NC State University, Hunt Library, Raleigh NC





Customer Service Workshop with Cheryl Gould

August 8, 2013

Richmond Community College, Hamlet NC





Tips & Tricks for the Library Job Seeker, NMRT Panel

March 22, 2013

Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, Charlotte NC





THAT Camp Piedmont (The Humanities and Technology Conference)

March 20, 2013

UNC Charlotte Uptown Campus, Charlotte, NC





NCLA Leadership, Administration & Management Section Un-conference

November 15, 2013

Highpoint Public Library, Highpoint NC






North Carolina NOW Conference


October 6, 2012

Charlotte, NC






Southeastern Lilly Conference


February 10-12, 2012

Greensboro, NC






North Carolina NOW Conference


November 18, 2011

Fayetteville, NC






Safe Zone Training


September 14, 2011

Pembroke, NC






The Conference for Entrepreneurial Librarians: From Vision to Implementation

March 10-11, 2011

Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem NC





Librarian Association of the University of Chapel Hill Conference

March 7, 2011




Library Instruction at the Point of Need


October 29, 2010

Davidson County Community College, Thomasville NC





Challenges and Opportunities: Information Access for North Carolina’s Spanish-Speaking Population.           

March 7, 2008

University of North Carolina at Wilmington, Wilmington NC





North Carolina Library Association Conference

September 20-23, 2005

Winston-Salem, NC