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Sarah Maginnis is a programmer, developer, law librarian, and author based in Nashville, TN

I was born and raised in Tennessee, where I continue to reside with my husband and son, our cat Erso, and an ever growing pile of unread books. I love coffee, outer space, dark chocolate with red wine, the mountains, and good books. When my nose isn’t shoved into a book or my manuscript, you can find me coding at Nashville Software School. My fictional works are currently written and published under a pseudonym.

Computer mouse, keyboard, and monitor. Photo by Vojtech Okenka from Pexels.

Coding, Programming, Development & Design

I am working on breaking into a new career in the tech industry as I transition from an academic law librarian to a full-time programmer, developer, and designer. In true librarian fashion, I am sharing my insight, education, and tips on this blog in an attempt to create an open environment where everyone can learn!

Challah Bread. Photo by cottonbro from Pexels

Conversion to Judaism

I am not Jewish, not yet. I decided to convert and wanted to document my conversion journey, both for myself and to connect to others who might be making a similar journey. Are you converting too or have you converted? Please reach out and contact me!

Most Recent Blog Posts

Evaluating Paid Parental Leave Policies in Higher Education & Academia

Librarians love serving on worthwhile committees so it should be no surprise to anyone reading this post that I leapt at the opportunity to volunteer to serve on the Parental Leave Subcommittee in Fall 2020. The Parental Leave Subcommittee is a subcommittee of USAC, the University Staff Advisory Council, Vanderbilt University’s staff advisory group to administration. The purpose in forming the Parental Leave Subcommittee was to evaluate Vanderbilt University’s current paid parental leave policy for staff, with the goal of preparing a proposal to present to administration on how to improve upon Vanderbilt’s current policy. My service on this committee became even more timely and relevant when I became pregnant with my first child in September 2020.

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Words of Wisdom for the Graduating Class of COVID-19

I taught my last class of Advanced Legal Research for the Spring 2021 semester yesterday (and what I hope is my last class of teaching in the middle of a global pandemic). Even though Advanced Legal Research is research focused, I thought it worth my time and my students’ time to impart some words of wisdom that is applicable to not just the graduating class of 2021, but also to all of us who are hopefully soon going to emerge from underneath the veil of the threat of COVID-19 and head back into the “real world.” So, for all of you out there who are ready to graduate from COVID-19, this one is for you.

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2020/2021: How I evolved from a pandemic and parenthood induced existential crisis into an entrepreneurial technical girl boss in-progress

There’s nothing like the pending transition into parenthood to shake things up and make you question everything you’ve ever done with your life and career. I am less than two months away from giving birth to our first child and I am having a massive existential/career crisis. Does this happen to everyone or is it…

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