Tamara Ottum

Systems Librarian
Phone: 860-343-5835
Office Location: Chapman Hall, Room 701
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Tamara – the “tech-brarian” – joined the MxCC library team in 2007 and today serves as manager of the library’s website, online resources (databases, eBooks, and streaming video), and online catalog. When not troubleshooting technical problems, she enjoys delivering library instruction classes, helping students with their research projects, setting up displays, and working with her marvelous colleagues.

An admitted technophile, Tamara has delivered several presentations on technology and teaches a non-credit technology class at MxCC. As both a member of the library staff and of the college community, she has participated in several technology-related initiatives on campus, and is currently focused on promoting the use of mobile and digital technologies.

An avid U.S. history enthusiast, Tamara co-directed the successful “Soul of a People: Writing America’s Story” MxCC Library program series (2009).  She earned a Community Service Award from the Connecticut Department of Higher Education for her participation.

She holds a Master of Library and Information Science degree and a Master of Arts in History, both from the University of Rhode Island.  She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington.

Tamara originally hails from the Pacific coast, and usually spends her vacation time traversing the country to see family and friends. Some of her personal amusements include doing puzzles of all kinds, listening to early/vocal jazz, playing in the snow, reading Brit Lit, and hanging out with people who have a good sense of humor.