West Branch Chapter Membership Representative
What is your favorite movie?
A long-time favorite has been, “Smokey and the Bandit.” I enjoy Jackie Gleason’s non-scripted humor and love that dog, Fred. Movies from the ’70s, with the hair styles and fashions are fun to watch.
Tell us about your journey to working in libraries.
I came to the profession a bit later in life, after working 20+ years in the book printing industry; I now lend the books I once manufactured. The printing industry has changed drastically over the years, after another plant closing and seeing the competiveness of the printing job market, I decided to return to college for an MLS degree at the age of 44. It was not an easy decision, but looking back now, it was certainly the right decision.
I worked in a public library for 4 years and will soon be celebrating a 4-year anniversary as a Librarian with the PA Department of Corrections. Few Librarians consider this career path, but I would encourage any Librarian to give it some serious consideration. Having the opportunity to help individuals who truly have no one and nowhere else to turn is inspiring. Knowing that the library can change, moods, thoughts, goals and direction, in life is phenomenal.
My experiences during COVID-19.
An unknown author said it well, “We are in the same storm, but we are NOT in the same boat!” 🚣 “…..We are going through a time when our perceptions and needs are completely different. Each of us will emerge, in our own way, from this storm. It is very important to see beyond what is seen at first glance. Not just looking, actually seeing. We are all on different ships during this storm experiencing a very different journey.”
I am fortunate, to still be working. My home life, and perception has changed through this experience. I’ve made over 200 masks. Given them out at work, to family, friends even hung them up on the front porch for anyone in the community in need. I’ve shipped some to different states and to Italy. Any donations received were used to buy food to feed children in our community. I see and understand the need to give and help, this is one thing I can do, enjoy doing, and will continue.
I quilt and fish. Both have been an enjoyable past time during this pandemic. Fishing when the weather cooperates and quilt when it does not is how I roll.
PaLA helps me realize that as a Librarian; learning, growing, and networking, must continue to be successful. PaLA opens doors and opportunities for all of us. Round tables, conferences, webinars are all tools that have value and are worth making time in my routine to tap into this knowledge when I can. My schedule is very structured and limited, yet PaLA is always welcoming and beneficial even more now, when this world is going through wild times! Who knows what the, “new normal,” of library services maybe, but I feel confident knowing PALA is there with me every step of the way.