Category Archives: Meet the Library Staff

Meet the (new) librarian: Lesley Wolfgang

Lesley Wolfgang

The Library’s newest staff member is Acquisitions and Electronic Resources Librarian Lesley Wolfgang. Lesley’s subject specialties are psychology, sociology, and social work. You can reach her by email at wolfgale@lewisu.edu, or just stop by the Library and say hi!

Welcome to Lewis University Library, Lesley! What aspects of your new position as Acquisitions and Electronic Resources Librarian are you most excited about?

I’m looking forward to working closely with my new colleagues to bring new services and materials to the students, faculty, and staff at Lewis.

What made you decide to become a librarian? What is your favorite part of the job?

My original plan was to become a German professor, but when I came across a university job posting for a librarian specializing in German, I realized there were other ways I could use my language proficiency. I worked in libraries while putting myself through library school and soon realized there are a wide variety of jobs in different types of libraries. I have made an effort in every library I’ve worked in to learn something about every different unit in the library, and I’ve been able to expand my skill set and stretch myself in every job I’ve had to date. It never has to be the same thing every day if you don’t want it to be.

Word on the street is that the Internet has made libraries obsolete. What do you think?

While it’s true that people have greater access to information than ever before, the sheer amount of that information can be overwhelming. Now more than ever, researchers of all stripes are realizing at some point that they require an information professional to help navigate the depths and pinpoint where to go to find what they need. Where academic research is concerned, the library is still the most convenient and cost-effective resource for gaining access to the peer-reviewed information that they need and that is simply not freely available on the regular ol’ Internet. And public libraries are constantly adjusting to the changing needs of the communities they serve, offering reading materials in a variety of formats and providing non-traditional materials for checkout, like fishing poles, cookware and novelty cake pans, gaming systems, and gardening tools.

What are you passionate about?

Swimming. Dogs. Reading. University of Kentucky basketball.

If you had a year off without pay (hypothetically, of course!), what would you do?

I think maybe I’d train for a triathlon. It would take at least that long for me to overcome my fear of open water swimming. And I’d take a nap every day.

What are you reading (or what was the last book you read)?

I’m currently reading Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee. Before that I read The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. (I highly recommend another of her books, The Secret History, as well.) Next on my list is We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Jay Fowler, which was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2014.

Meet the (new) librarian: Lindsay Harmon

The Library’s newest staff member is Instruction & Outreach Librarian Lindsay Harmon. Lindsay’s subject specialties are business and communication. She is also responsible for the Library’s social media, events, and marketing. You can reach her by email at harmonli@lewisu, or just stop by the Library and say hi!

Welcome to Lewis University Library, Lindsay!  In your new position as Instruction and Outreach Librarian, what aspects are you most excited about? 

I’m looking forward to getting out on campus and talking to students and faculty about what the library can do for them. I believe a library should be where its users are—people shouldn’t have to come in to the building to take advantage of all it has to offer. If I’m doing my job well, you’ll see me outside of the library more than in it. I’m also looking forward to engaging with the Lewis community through social media and expanding our social media presence. I’d love to hear from students about where you’d like to see us and what information would be most useful for us to provide.

Can you tell us about your past work and how you chose to become a librarian; what is your favorite part about being a librarian?  

In high school I worked at my local public library and the librarians there encouraged me to go to library school, which I thought was a ridiculous idea. I went to college planning to become the next great American novelist and graduated planning to edit the next great American novel. I ended up editing pharmacy, business, and finally dental textbooks before I broke down and became a librarian. I guess I should have listened to my coworkers in the first place! After I got my master’s in library science I worked as a librarian at two art schools in downtown Chicago, the American Academy of Art and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Lewis might not seem to have a lot in common with a college like SAIC, but students at both places are looking for information for their assignments and projects, and that’s where I come in. I love helping to connect people with the information that they need, and I always learn a lot in the process.

How has the role of marketing in Libraries (any type) changed in the 21st century? 

I think the biggest change is that we are more willing to admit that we do it. Libraries have always promoted their resources and services, but no one wanted to call it marketing for fear of sounding too corporate. The web, and especially social media, have made it easier to bring the library to its users in ways that go beyond traditional advertising. Libraries have a lot to offer, and we need to be more aggressive about getting the word out.

What are you passionate about?

I’m a voracious reader of contemporary fiction and I love discovering new writers. While everyone else is creating their basketball brackets during March Madness, a group of my book-nerd friends and I participate in the Morning News Tournament of Books, in which works of fiction published in the past year go head to head. At the risk of further outing myself as a nerd, I’m also passionate about grammar—once an editor, always an editor, I guess.

Now, the customary questions that everyone asks a librarian; what are your favorite foods? 

Chocolate anything—I have a terrible sweet tooth. I also love sushi. And coffee.

What are you reading/ last book read?

I have a giant stack of books about marketing and social media strategy on my desk, but the book I just finished is the latest edition of the Best American Travel Writing series. As a parent of two small kids, I don’t tend to take many exotic vacations, so I like to live vicariously through people who can.

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