Meet the (new) librarian: 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.