My very first job after college was at a public library and I was hooked! Books, people, people, books...what could be more fun? I told myself: my long-range goals should be to get an MLS and continue working at a library.
However, my “long-range goals” became “very-long range goals” because we had an incredible chance to move to Europe (my husband’s job). Three kids later, an MA in Leadership, many road trips to all kinds of exotic places, working with survivors of the Chernobyl nuclear explosion, etc., etc., and we were ready to come back to our home town — Grand Rapids, Michigan.
By then, the younger two children were in Middle and High school. What was my first job after a long transition? The same public library where I worked a long time ago. It was a great place to work! Now I was ready to start working on an MLIS.
For my first major assignment in pursuit of an MLIS, I needed to interview two librarians working in archives, libraries, museums or an information center. I was so excited about my assignment that I ended up interviewing eight instead of two librarians working in four institutions. I was surprised to discover how wide and diverse the library field was! Some titles within the field were new to me and I had to look up what they meant (metadata librarian, liaison what).
After that assignment, I knew one thing: I wanted to work in an academic library. Looking at full-time library openings led me to Purdue, to the Humanities library. I am continuing with an MLIS and enjoying learning new things in my work as well as in classes. Yes, life couldn't be more fun when I am surrounded with books (in an academic library) and people (students and faculty).
I am usually found behind the iDesk in HSSE, please come and introduce yourself, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call me at 49-49844.
I am very happy to officially be part of Purdue University Libraries. I received my BS in Journalism from Ball State University, but have spent most of my work life in the music/recording industry. It is both surprising and comforting how similar my current tasks of editing, transcribing, uploading and archiving are to what I did for so many years with music. I’ve only switched out the audio for text and images.
By trade I am a singer/songwriter and member of the local traditional music group, Traveler’s Dream. We are just getting ready to start our 17th year together! I am also working on a novel (lyric prose) and a story for children.
When I’m not playing music, writing or working, you’ll usually find me in the borderlands between the field and the wood with my sweet golden retriever, Ruby, or enjoying a good book by the fire. My favorites are: Hardy, Woolf, Dickens, Austen, John Fowles, John Irving, Joanne Harris, William Styron, and Naomi Shihab Nye. Favorite book? It’s a tie between Jude the Obscure, The Return of the Native, and The Cider House Rules. Of course there’s The Magus, Bleak House, and Sophie’s Choice to consider. Oh, and A Prayer for Owen Meany! And The Collected Letters of Virginia Woolf. Oh, and...
My office is in STEW 256 and I can be reached at email@example.com or 49-49632.
Hello! I am happy to have joined the staff of Hicks Repository. I graduated from Purdue in May so beginning work in late October was something of a homecoming for me, especially since I worked in the Wetherill Chemistry Library for three years as an undergraduate.
I originally hail from southern Indiana and have always had a love of reading. In my free time I also enjoy playing games, be they board games, pen and paper games, or video games.
My office is located in HIKS B849 and I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 49-67264.