Senior Lecturer, Vanderbilt University Business Librarian, Walker Management Library Owen Graduate School of Management
Rahn joined Vanderbilt in 2004 with experience in corporate library settings including two Fortune 100 companies. Her background includes the executive search industry, patent and chemistry library research for a polymer company, and economic development for an electric utility. She also owned a successful information management consulting firm for five years. This gives Rahn a deep understanding of the business world and how it works in a number of industries. Her Owen focus is on connecting people quickly with the information they need. Rahn’s claim to fame is being the original researcher/writer for CNN Headline News FACTOIDS. She loves living in Nashville after spending 26 years commuting in Atlanta’s traffic.
At Owen, she operates as a “business information consultant”, working with faculty, staff and students to understand their goals, what information supports their efforts and teaches them tricks and shortcuts to find needed information. She obtained her Master’s degree in Library Science from Emory University and a B.A. from the University of South Florida.
She is at the Genius Bar in the Wond’ry on most Wednesday afternoons from 3:00 to 5:00 pm. Contact her directly to schedule sessions with her at other times.
Q. What excites you most about the Wond’ry?
A. How much is happening there and how creative the ideas are.
Q. What do you feel are the most important skills you have to offer in your role as a mentor?
A. Diverse knowledge about business and industry that translates to finding information that can become knowledge that either supports or challenges a business idea.
Q. What has been your proudest moment in your career?
A. Not sure I’ve had that moment yet, I feel that I am only as good as the next thing I do. Unless you count that I was the original author of CNN’s FACTOIDS.
Q.What has surprised you most about your job?
A. How it has changed over time to be entrepreneurial and ever changing, year to year it evolves.
Q.If you could do everything over again, would you make the same career choices?
A. Yes indeed!
Q.In your opinion, what is the most important quality for success?
A. To have a continuous learning mindset, then no matter what you do, you will grow and change and hopefully strengthen your skillset.
Q.When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A. 16 so I could drive!