Jimi Wilson is a Master of Library and Information Studies (MLIS) student with the University of North Carolina-Greensboro Department of Library and Information Studies, an American Library Association-certified program. He seeks full-time employment in an academic or special collections environment upon matriculation. Jimi’s most career-relevant experiences include one year of employment at the University of Florida Libraries’ Florida Academic Repository (FLARE), five years of bookselling, nine years of teaching or tutoring university and community college students in the United States, and one summer each in India teaching American study-abroad and intellectually gifted Indian middle school students.
Jimi was raised by a newspaper editor mother and soldier father. As an Army “brat” he moved around a great deal during his early childhood, living in Arkansas, Virginia, Alaska, and Pennsylvania until his family settled in North Carolina, where he lived most of his teen and early adult years. Working serial jobs — primarily bookselling — and writing freelance newspaper features through his twenties, Jimi enlisted in the U.S. Army as a Signal Corps telecommunications specialist just prior to his thirtieth birthday, advancing to the rank of sergeant.
Upon leaving the service to continue his education, Jimi chose to pursue two undergraduate degrees at the University of North Carolina-Pembroke: a Bachelor of Science in Mass Communications as a Journalism major, and a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Religion. He also holds a Master of Arts in Religion from the University of Florida where he specialized in ethnography of Asian, Asian-diaspora, and western-convert religious populations, with a particular focus on Hinduism and other South Asian religions. The relationship between religious groups and environmentalism became an extra focus of Jimi’s four years of study as a PhD student before leaving academia in pursuit of the Library and Information Sciences vocation.
Mr. Wilson lives with his artist wife, Lynn Paluga, and four cats of dubious artistic talent in eastern North Carolina, where he enjoys trail biking, reading (mostly nonfiction), writing the occasional work of his own, cooking, playing mountain dulcimer and ukulele, and catching live music gigs.