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Wardman Library Highlight: Cindy Bessler

March 6th, 2015 by John Jackson

This semester, we are highlighting the people that make Wardman Library possible. Each week, we will bring you an interview with one person who helps to support the mission of the library at Whittier College. You can find a list of past interviews in our blog archives. This week, we interviewed Library Technical Assistant, Cindy Bessler.

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What is your job title?

Library Technical Assistant

What three words best describe you?

Caring, Understanding, Logical

What do you do at Whittier College?

I am in charge of all overdues—billing to Business Office, credits, helping with lost or damaged books, etc. If you need any help with an overdue, please come see me ASAP, don’t wait until your final notice when you’ll be billed at the Business Office. I am also in charge of Link+ — training students for outgoing Link+ books, processing incoming books for our patrons, etc. I also process and return incoming ILL books. In addition I help in training new student employees and mend damaged library books.

How would you describe your work space? 

Cluttered, but I know where everything is! Some things just have to have to be out in the open.


What’s your favorite book?

I don’t really have a favorite book. But I guess I’d say, To Kill a Mockingbird. I’ve also read every Sue Grafton (woman detective mysteries) books to date. I also enjoy historical books and biographies.

What are you currently reading/watching/listening to?

I’ve been reading, Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff and It’s All Small Stuff and just finished, The House at Riverton. My next book will be Gateway to Freedom (off our new book shelf). I love watching Big Bang Theory, I also like shows like Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, NCIS, and Bones. I mostly listen to music in the car, classic rock like The Sound, Jack and KLOS mostly.

What advice do you have for Whittier College students?

I think you have to get involved in what you are interested in. Don’t let others make all your decisions. I would also say if you live on campus and don’t get along with your dorm mate, get another if possible. It’s not good for you to have to live with someone you can’t be friends with too. My kids both graduated a while ago (2001 & 2005), but still have good friends they made while here. Take college seriously, but also leave time to enjoy it too. If you’re having problems with a class, talk to your professor and/or get a tutor. There are other resources available too, so be sure to use them.

What Wardman Library resource/service would you recommend to students?

Most importantly, look at the library website. Here all library policies are explained along with how to access and use our different services. That way you’ll know how to access your library record, renew books, how much fines are, how to request Link+ & ILL materials & much more. Well, of course, I would recommend Link+ and ILL. It’s a great way to receive books or periodical articles we don’t have in our library or in the case of books may be checked out already. Also if you need help with an assignment, please ask the librarians for help. They can guide you in the right direction. Above all, if you aren’t sure about anything library related ask that’s what we’re here for. I promise you none of us bite, even if you have an overdue library book!!

Thank you, Cindy, for taking the time to share your thoughts and experiences with us. Next week, we will bring you an interview with our Digital Scholar, Anne Cong-Huyen.

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