What I do at the library: I work all around the library, at all the desks in all the branches, as needed. I help patrons place holds through the catalog, find items on shelf, make interlibrary loans outside our system, research various topics, use our computer center, and determine what to read, view, and listen to next.
How I turn outward: I think turning outward is being available. I like to greet patrons to make contact, so if someone wants to ask a question, I've already broken the ice. Also being on the lookout for patrons who seem to be looking for something, to see if I can help.
My favorite "hidden library gem": The University of Chicago Great Books Collection on the Main Library's third floor, at 808.8 GRE. It's all the wisdom of the Western world in six feet! ("The safest general characterization of the European philosophical tradition is that it consists as a series of footnotes to Plato." —Alfred North Whitehead)
Something I love about Oak Park: The restaurants! My current favorite is Little Gem on Marion Street—my wife and I went there on our anniversary and had a great meal and bourbon flights afterward.
What I’m reading: American Nations by Colin Woodward, describing why the United States is best described culturally as 11 different nations.
What I'm listening to: Post-Uli Roth Scorpions (admiring Mathias Jab's phrasing).
What I'm watching: I'm enjoying Kevin Spacey's blend of Iago, Richard III, Edmund, and Macbeth in his creation of Frank Underwood, in House of Cards.
(October 28, 2016)