Your title: Education Librarian
How long have you been with the University? 47 years as a full-time employee plus 4 years as a student assistant.
Tell us about your history here: I started as a student assistant in 1967 and needed to go to my high school to get a work permit because I wasn’t 18 yet. When I graduated from the University in 1971, I worked full time as a reference assistant. I spent the next 3 summers going to IU in Bloomington, receiving my Master’s in Library Science in 1974. In 1976 the reference assistant position was eliminated and replaced with a librarian’s position.
Favorite part of the job: Being on committees that affect a large number of students, such as the book selection committee for One Book, One University and the Student Affairs Committee of the Faculty Senate. Also being a judge or chair for the annual student research presentations.
What do you like to do in your spare time? Hanging out with co-workers as a Ninja Librarian or as a food connoisseur at a local brewery, attending the rich assortment of public programs that the campus offers, reading, attending local indoor and outdoor music concerts, participating in Wellness activities such as walking, being a member of the Spanish Club, being a judge at the intramural baking contest, and volunteering at church, on campus races, and the local MS Walk.
Neatest place you visited: Walking next to the steam vents in Hawaii, that a few years later became a volcanic eruption.
What’s your favorite book/author? “Gone with the Wind” by Margaret Mitchell
What’s your favorite color? Green, but with all the Purdue logo wear I have, I seem to wear BLACK a lot.
Best advice you could give to a student: Put some spice in your life—whether it’s joining a club on campus, going to your favorite artist’s concert, or traveling somewhere unusual. Then when you are taking a study break, you can think back on those “spicy” moments before returning to your task at hand.