Hi! My name is Coral Sheldon-Hess. I spend a lot of my time working as a web librarian, teaching programming to women, and trying to improve my own tech skills (admittedly, the title “Web Kunoichi” is somewhat aspirational). I am an advocate for diversity in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), as well as collaboration between people working in STEM fields and information professionals (librarians).
Here’s the bio I submit (with edits, depending on the venue) when I’m speaking or writing:
Coral Sheldon-Hess is the Web Services Librarian for the University of Alaska Anchorage. She was a 2012 American Library Association Emerging Leader and a 2010 participant in the Pacific Northwest Library Association’s Leadership Institute. She holds an MLIS from the University of Pittsburgh and an MS in Electrical & Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon. In her spare time she co-founded and now co-manages a programming workshop for women-and-friends, makes things, bicycles (poorly), and evangelizes on behalf of the Oxford comma. She likes birds and coffee.
Elsewhere on this site I’ve included a trimmed-down version of my Curriculum Vitae, as well as an informal list of my hobbies. Of course, I’m always happy to answer questions; leave a comment on one of my blog posts, or email me (coral @ sheldon-hess . org) to get in touch!