Spotlight on the Library Staff

What do you do at the library? I assist students at the Circulation Desk by answering basic computer and research questions, locating and checking out library materials, and helping with anything else they may need.  I also help our Materials Clerk by processing the new Baker & Taylor fiction books.  B&T books are a leased collection, ensuring that we have the newest popular fiction available to students and staff.  We receive new books every month by authors such as James Patterson, Sue Monk Kidd, John Grisham, Danielle Steel, J. D. Robb, Janet Evanovich, and manymore.  You can search the B&T collection by visiting our blog: http://ivytechlibraryftwnewfiction.blogspot.com/
I am also working on revamping our puppet collection.  We have over 400 puppets, finger puppets, and stuffed animals in our collection, several of which correspond to books that we have in the children’s section.  Our puppets are often checked out by Early Childhood Education students, but they can be checked out by all students and staff.  Look for an updated blog showcasing our puppet collection, coming soon!  In the meantime, you can search our puppets here: http://ivytechlibraryftwpuppets.wordpress.com/

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Where does your expertise come from? I have my BA in English Literature from Indiana University.  I have also worked in public libraries in Bloomington as well as here in Fort Wayne.  I am very familiar with how libraries operate because I love visiting libraries and I do so very often!
What is unique about you that could be of service to the Ivy Tech community?  I graduated in December from Ivy Tech with a degree in nursing, so I know what it’s like to be a student at Ivy Tech.  I’m able to answer questions about Blackboard, Campus Connect, and even questions specific to nursing school.  I have the student and staff perspective, which has come in handy when helping students in the library.
What’s your favorite thing to do outside the library? I love spending time with my friends and family.  I also enjoy reading, watching movies, and going to shows and events around Fort Wayne.
Recommend a book to us that you enjoyed. Bossy Pants by Tina Fey.  I’m sure it would be a great read, but I actually recommend listening to the audiobook.  It’s read by Tina Fey (bonus!) and it’s hilarious, smart, and relatable. (We have it in our collection, too! Call #: B FEY)
Share a website: For life’s tough questions: http://www.ask8ball.net/

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