What I do at the library: I have been employed at the library since 2010, but I just started in my new position as Cataloging Librarian last month. I get the thrill of seeing all the new materials coming into the library. I enter the items into the catalog so that they can be easily located by our customers.

How I turn outward: Although cataloging is solitary work, you have to consider the public at all times. I believe customer service is the foundation of cataloging librarianship, because your purpose is to provide people with easy access to materials.

My favorite "hidden library gem": Our new collection, Oak Park Creates, isn’t so “hidden” since it can be found in the lobby of the Main Library, but it features the hidden talent within our community. If you are an Oak Park Public Library cardholder, and you have a self-published work you would like to share, whether it’s a book, a CD, or DVD, please email creates@oppl.org. We’d love to add it to the collection.

Something I love about Oak Park: I grew up in Oak Park, and some of my fondest childhood memories are from moments in the library. I have lived in other cities, dynamic cities like Austin, Texas, and Los Angeles, but there’s something special about Oak Park. I feel fortunate to be living and working in this community.

What I’m reading, listening to, and watching now: I was given Lila by Marilynne Robinson as a Christmas gift, and I just started reading it last night. Robinson returns to the setting and characters from her previous novels, Gilead and Home, so Lila completes the trilogy. I love novels set in the Midwest.

I’ve been listening to Steve Earle’s new album, Terraplane, and his equally talented son Justin Townes Earle’s new release, Single Mothers. Terraplane is comprised of Texas-inspired blues music, and Single Mothers is a mournful album with great lyrics.

Unfortunately, I didn’t succeed in my effort to view all the Oscar-nominated films before the Oscars aired, so I’m still catching up. I just watched The Theory of Everything, and I do think Eddie Redmayne’s performance is Oscar-worthy.

All of these items are available for checkout from the library.

(March 6, 2015)

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