I had my introduction to the library profession at UW-Madison’s Wendt Library. I worked at the circulation desk, mostly during off hours, performing the typical circulation duties (shelving, some ready-reference assistance, requesting materials, etc.). Because I loved Wendt so much, I decided to attend library school, and shortly after graduation from UW-Madison, I enrolled in Dominican University’s Graduate School of Library and Information Science. During my final semester at Dominican, I held a reference and instruction internship at North Park University’s Brandel Library.
I went to high school in Platteville, which is about two hours south of La Crosse on Hwy. 61.
Why did you choose Viterbo as your next employer?
I’ve known about Viterbo for a few years—some of my high school classmates enrolled in the nursing program right after graduation—but I didn’t really know much about the university until I moved to La Crosse. I’ve learned through word of mouth that Viterbo is well respected by members of the community and provides a great education and environment for its students. It wasn’t until I applied to the part-time reference position that I realized how uncannily close Viterbo is, at least in student body and degree programs, to North Park University, the site of my graduate internship. It was really nice how everything worked out—I’m now an employee of a great university and library, and I have the right background to serve Viterbo students.
Of the five Viterbo values, which resonates with you most and why?
I think service resonates most with me. Social responsibility is one of the many core values of my profession. Librarians not only provide access to the world of information, instruction and other services to help communities gain invaluable skills, but we also make an effort to educate the community on problems in our society.
When I can find the time, I enjoy knitting and gardening. I’ve just recently picked up ceramics, although I’m nowhere near good enough to fire anything yet.
Unique fact about you:
I have a pet tortoise named Harry.