The Library’s newest staff member is Sierra Campbell. Sierra is the research and instruction librarian for STEM and the Health Sciences andthe liaison librarian for Aviation and Transportation, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Physics, Sport and Exercise Science. You can reach her by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or just stop by the Library and say hi!
What made you decide to become a librarian? What is your favorite part of the job?
I wanted to become a librarian after working as an intern at Brookfield Zoo in their library during the summer of 2010. At that time, I had just graduated from college with an English Literature degree and did not know what to do with it. At Brookfield Zoo, I worked with the librarian and also a graduate student who was studying to become a librarian. I started asking questions about librarianship and what the career would entail and realized It aligned with my background and interests.
My favorite part of the job is working with students and seeing the realization that libraries are treasure troves of information, and that they have all of these resources available to them as students. When a student understands concepts taught during an instruction session, I feel I’ve done my job as a librarian.
What is your position at the library and why did you choose to work for the Lewis Library?
I am the Instruction and Research Librarian for STEM and the Health Sciences. This includes Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Math and Technology. I also liaison for the College of Nursing, and the Aviation and Transportation programs.
I chose to work at the Lewis Library because I was impressed with the staff and other librarians, as well as the many resources Lewis offers. I previously worked at a small college.
Choose any movie or TV show title that represents the “story of your life.” Which character are you from the movie/show?
I would say the character of Sybil from Downton Abbey represents me because I’ve struggled with finding acceptance. She also struggled with finding who she was before realizing she could apply herself in her community through the women’s suffrage movement.
If you could have any one superpower, what would you choose?
Invisibility, only because I am an introvert by nature and sometimes I need a good place to hide!
Libraries are constantly evolving. What are some things that you would like to see happen at the Lewis library?
I would love for the Lewis Library to expand its database offerings. I haven’t been here long enough to notice any long-term changes, but expanding on more electronic resources would be more appealing to faculty and students.
What are you reading (or what was the last book you read)?
I am currently reading “Becoming” by Michelle Obama and “The Man Who Caught the Storm: The Life of Legendary Storm Chaser Tim Samaras” by Brantley Hargrove.