Introducing Zoe Tucker, Software Developer

Zoe Tucker (UCLA, MLIS ’22) recently joined the UCLA Library as a Software Developer working in Digital Initiatives and Information Technology (DIIT). We asked Zoe a few questions about herself and her aspirations for this position.Zoe Tucker standing in front of a vine-covered wall

What goals/hopes do you have for this year as a new software developer?
I am excited to help use technology to support the UCLA Library’s goals of connecting people with the information and resources they need. As a software developer, I will be working with various teams within the Library to design and build solutions to support UCLA’s students, instructors, and researchers. I hope to help the Library better support these communities and to learn from my new colleagues.

How has your prior experience prepared you for this role at the UCLA Library?
I recently completed my MLIS degree at UCLA with an Informatics specialization. In this program, I learned about the theoretical grounding of Information Science, which has allowed me to better understand the goals and needs of a library.

As a student, I worked at the UCLA Library helping to automate parts of legacy collection migrations. I also interned for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where I worked on organization and maintenance of technical documentation and analyzed citations of JPL-managed datasets. In my new position, I will use these experiences to guide my analysis of technical problems and potential solutions faced by the Library.

What projects will you be tackling first? 
My first area of focus will be Primo, the UCLA Library’s main discovery system that allows people to search for and locate resources. I will work with stakeholders to prioritize and implement changes to improve user experience and product functionality. I also plan to work on solutions to support course reserves and other library functions, including both custom software development work and administration of third-party applications.

What are you currently reading/watching/listening to? What do you like to do outside of work?
Outside of work, you can often find me playing indie video games, practicing historical sword fighting, or hanging out with my two rabbits. I am also getting back into reading for fun after graduation, and I'm going through Terry Pratchett's Discworld books at an alarming rate.

What is your preferred name and what are your preferred pronouns? 
Zoe (or Zoë), she/her. 

We are delighted to welcome Zoe in her new role at UCLA Library! You can contact her at zoetucker@library.ucla.edu.