Everett I. L. Baker Library
Norwalk Community College
Patrons Your Library Serves:
Elizabeth A. Pisaretz
What was your first library job?
Unofficially, at the age of 3, I helped my mother in our elementary school library where she was the librarian. I must have had a knack for it because even at the age of 3, I could follow the Dewey Decimal System. My first paying position was as a student worker at Buley Library, Southern Connecticut State University.
Why are you proud to be a librarian?
I am proud to be a librarian when one of the students I have helped with research comes back to tell me they received a good grade.
How do you stay inspired?
I stay inspired by learning from all of those around me, my colleagues, the faculty and the students. I also take online courses to keep me up-to-date and am active in Listservs, blogs, and other social media.
What do you do for fun? What’s one thing people wouldn’t guess about you?
For fun, I enjoy seeing live music, both local bands and nationally/internationally known acts.
Describe your best day at the library. What made it memorable?
My first day: It was a Friday and just busy enough to get me initiated. It was followed by a potluck luncheon with my new colleagues to celebrate Melville Dewey’s birthday and for all of us to share things about each other.
What are your favorite Demco products? (Oldies but goodies and newbies welcome.)
As a student worker, it was the Tattle-Tape™ strips, as we always played practical jokes on each other to see if security would stop one of us at the gates. In the last 20 years, I have had to use so many products that I can’t name just one.
If the sky were the limit, what would you do at your library?
Do a complete restructuring of the physical space, which is highly outdated and was never fully functional. I would be sure to add study rooms, collaborative computer rooms, leisure space, plenty of computers/technology and, last but not least, a nice coffee/tea café. There would be a lot of natural light and it would be able to accommodate everyone.
How do you envision your library in 2025?
As a friendly, busy, and progressive learning commons.
What’s the best piece of advice you have for your fellow librarians?
Keep an open mind and an open heart, listen to your patrons and your colleagues and always be true to yourself.