Tuesday, August 30, 2016

New kid on the block

Hi, everyone. My name is Karlyn Schumacher, and I’m the official new kid on the block at Lane Library for the semester.

Lane Library’s usual Access Services Librarian, Kate Moody, is in London for the semester. This means that I’m basically the new Kate Moody for this fall, so I’ll be managing course reserves, interlibrary loan, the circulation desk, and teaching a few library sessions. Feel free to stop by my office (the one directly across from the DVDs) to say hello or ask any questions you might have whenever you’re in the library!

I’m currently halfway through my master’s degree in Library and Information Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (yes, you actually do need a master’s degree to be a librarian!), which means I’m usually trying to find ways to procrastinate and avoid doing my homework in typical student fashion. As a result, I love to read, hike and camp, play fetch with my cat Jane (she’s pretty much a dog-cat), go to new restaurants with friends, hang out on the Terrace with cheese curds, and, of course, binge-watch shows on Netflix. 

As much as I love living in Madison, I’m also excited to be in Ripon this semester. I went to Ripon as an undergrad and graduated in 2015, so it’s been nice being back in a place that I called home for four years. This is my first time working as a librarian in a professional setting, so I’m looking forward to seeing what my time at Lane Library has in store for me. I’m betting on the fact that there will be bumps along the way, but I think the experiences I’ll gain here will be more than worth it. 

If you’re ever in Lane Library and have questions about a research project, want to talk about the Harry Potter series, or need some candy, feel free to stop by my office!

Harry Potter + libraries = two of my favorite things!

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