Monday, April 21, 2014

Celebrating the Library staff

As a supervisor I would just like to say that I’m very lucky that I work with such a great group of folks.  They come to work, they do their jobs, and they help the students find the resources needed for projects.  But the main reason, that I’m lucky, is that the folks that work in the library LOVE helping the students.    In case you haven’t been by the library lately, let me tell you about us.

Claudia is the front line supervisor for circulation.  She has been here over 25 years.  She has seen it all!  And she has moved the library from Miller Hall to Ruby Hicks using shopping carts.  She knows more about the history of the library than anyone else.  She is the one in charge of the student workers.  Claudia loves the Clemson Tigers and goes to EVERY football game.

Michele is the Easley community campus dedicated librarian.  She also organizes our PR campaign, answers reference questions, and teaches information literacy classes.  She is the point person for interlibrary loan including PASCAL.  Michele moved from Ohio to start working here.  She loves that we don’t get that same amount of snow they do up there. 

Alydia orders the books and catalogs them.  What does that mean you wonder?  That means after she gets the books in, she is the one that loads the information into the on-line database so everyone can find where that book lives in the library.  Oh, and she decides where that book lives by determining the call number (yes, that is all those letters and numbers on the spine of the book.)  Alydia started here as a work study student many years ago.  She finished her AA, then her BA, and now has a Masters in Adult Higher Education (I’m trying to get her to go to library school next!).  TCTC is in her blood – her son is attending here now.

Jessica was formerly at the Easley campus and is now the night circulation supervisor here.  She is the “serials” person. What that means is that she is the one that orders and sorts all those journals and magazines we get.  She also works on how that information looks in electronic form.  Jessica has her Masters in Library Science from USC and has worked for TCTC for 3 years now.   She is the quietest one of all of us. 

Sue is in charge of Instruction of the library resources.  And boy howdy (as my grandmother would say) does she do some instruction!  She organizes the calendar of who is teaching the workshops and where.  This can get very involved since the library teaches over 250 workshops a semester in 4 or 5 locations with 6 people teaching.  On top of that, she creates the videos of the information, makes sure it is transcribed so that we follow ADA, and develops the workshop outlines.  Oh, and she answers reference questions.  Sue is a wonderful cook and usually spends the day on Sunday cooking so that she just has to warm dinner up after her 7 mile walk every day. 

Kultida has been here 1 year as of last week.  Happy work anniversary!  She has a Phd in Film and is originally from Thailand.  If you have a country project for Thailand, you should interview her.  The skill she has that just amazes me is translating fiction novels from English into Thai.  Kultida is the Anderson community campus dedicated librarian.  She is in charge of electronic resources and the overall look of the webpage.

Debby is at the Anderson campus.  She has decades of library experience from working at a community college in Ohio before she “retired” and moved here.  Debby recently got a new cat, Calypso.  Ask her to see the video!  Besides being the Anderson point person, she has other projects including helping Norman upload the electronic versions of the literature notebook.

Allison is the newest library team member.  She is stationed at the Easley campus.  Allison has library experience in a variety of places like West Virginia and Greenwood.  She has her Master’s in Library also.  Allison is a 2nd generation TCTC employee (her mom Judy is still an adjunct here and her dad David retired a few years ago).  Oh, and she has a new car that she is very proud of.

You might still see Norman around here.  Yes, he retired a year ago. But he still comes in a few hours a week to work on the Megasearch discovery tool the library has so that all of you can find your articles and books.  He has a new dog that he is training.  Jasper is a real character that keeps Norman hopping.

And me, I’m Marla.  Like I said earlier, I’m very lucky to work with such a great group of people.

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