Meet the (New) Librarian: Betsy Sterner
The Library’s newest staff member is Research and Instruction Librarian Betsy Sterner. Betsy is the liaison librarian for the College of Nursing and Health Professions and the departments of Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Computer Science, Physics, and Sport and Exercise Science. You can reach her by email at esterner(at)lewisu(dot)edu, or just stop by the Library and say hi!
Welcome to Lewis University Library, Betsy! What aspects of your new position as Research and Instruction Librarian (Nursing and STEM) are you most excited about?
I am most excited to get to know the students and faculty!
What made you decide to become a librarian? What is your favorite part of the job?
I became an academic research librarian because I wanted a position in which I could integrate my interest in information science with my background in STEM and still work with faculty and students. My favorite part of the job is helping people discover information!
Before becoming a librarian, you were a high-school biology and German teacher. How has your teaching background informed your work as a librarian?
As a librarian, I have a lot of contact with students, faculty, and staff. My background in teaching has given me years of experience helping people.
What are you passionate about?
I love to travel. I’ve traveled throughout the US, Europe, southern Africa, and Asia. I also enjoy learning natural and programming languages.
If you had a year off with pay (hypothetically, of course!), what would you do?
I’d travel! My first destination would be Iceland. After that, I’d want to travel to many new destinations.
What are you reading (or what was the last book you read)?
Rick Steves’ Croatia and Slovenia. Trip preparation is a requirement!