Patrons Your Library Serves:
all ages of the public
What was your first library job?
When I was attending school at the University of California in Santa Cruz, I stumbled upon a job as a serials clerk in the University Library. I remembered how much I enjoyed books as a child and thought it would be “fun” to work in a library. I stayed there part-time until I graduated.
Why are you proud to be a librarian?
Because those in our field are known as professionals, kind of like a doctor, lawyer or a teacher. Also, library skills are always in demand, which makes getting a job that much “easier.” There is opportunity for constant growth in our library field, and I enjoy getting recognized in places outside of the library by patrons of all ages. They introduce me to their friends as “their librarian,” said in a tone of great appreciation and esteem. Love it!
How do you stay inspired?
I don’t need much in the way of inspiration. As long as I am given another day alive to serve the information and literacy needs of my patrons, I am happy.
What do you do for fun? What’s one thing people wouldn’t guess about you?
My favorite group is the heavy rock band AC/DC. I honestly don’t think any of my patrons would guess that! I love to shop (for clothes, but not books), attend cat shows and explore local historical places. I also love anything French, and enjoy hearing about other people’s family histories.
Describe your best day at the library. What made it memorable?
I can’t recall my “best” day at the library, but just this week, I had the worst stomach ache come on just after I arrived at work. It was during storytime, and I was convinced everyone could tell that I wasn’t being my regular self. Two of the patrons noticed my distressed look, and offered me some Tums and cold water. I was so flattered and surprised that someone was actually taking care of me instead of the other way around! Later, another patron whom I was afraid I had “offended” actually called me up and said what a wonderful job I was doing with ordering all the latest books she wanted to read. She complimented me on having such a calm demeanor despite the hectic storytime circumstances. (Funny how we appear “calm” when we are in pain.) To top it all off, a lady came in today with some Valentine’s Day candy … just to thank me for doing my job so well. I don’t require gifts as an incentive to provide my patrons with the service they deserve, but who am I to turn down chocolate?
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If the sky were the limit, what would you do at your library?
I would bring my cat to the library and let her roam around to greet all the patrons. She of course wouldn’t wander outside since I would have installed some sort of humane deterrent for cats at both of my doors. She would sit in her library perch and purr while I worked, and would let all the kids pet her. I would also install a cappuccino/coffee press in my office, hand out tons of free stickers and bookmarks to the younger patrons, and have plenty of space for a couple of love seats where moms and their kids could snuggle and read together. Finally, I would have some sort of privacy screen on my public computers so my patrons wouldn’t complain about them being out in the open. Wow! That was fun!!!
How do you envision your library in 2025?
Still here, perhaps with more movies/music/digital materials available for check out. I still hope to remain a popular lending library for those patrons wanting the latest best sellers, but also wouldn’t mind having space for people to come to read and relax — hopefully reading actual magazines in print form (by then, hopefully, we could afford both the digital Zinio™ subscriptions AND the print versions that patrons love so much!) I really want libraries to remain a physical place where people can come to hang out instead of everything being replaced by virtual this or digital that. A mix of both would be perfect.
What’s the best piece of advice you have for your fellow librarians?
Keep an open mind, be receptive to change, keep learning new skills, and never forget to smile!