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Wardman Library Highlight: Kathy Filatreau

April 14th, 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 Instructional Technologist, Kathy Filatreau.


What is your job title?

Instructional Technologist

What three words best describe you?

Persistent, Sincere, Fun-loving

What do you do at Whittier College?

The Wardman Library is service oriented and I take pride in being part of it and adding to the services provided. I oversee Moodle (our online course management system) and that puts me on the front line of services offered to students, staff, and faculty. I came aboard in 2008 specifically to increase Moodle usage and we’ve been very successful in making Moodle the standard for the majority of classes on campus (not to mention clubs, committees, Assessment, Orientation, and other creative uses of Moodle by various members on campus.) I also support Digital Storytelling with Sonia Chaidez, our Instructional Media Designer. Digital Storytelling allows me to follow my creative passion (obsession?) with stories and storytellers.

How would you describe your work space? 

I will defer to comments from observers. When people walk into my office they tell me that the space feels calm and welcoming. I have a statue of a Xian Terracotta Warrior standing guard as visitors enter… I’ll give full credit for any Zen aura to my terracotta sentinel.


What’s your favorite book?

My all-time favorite book (it sits on my shelf as I write) is Isak Dinesen’s Out of Africa. It speaks to an earlier time of great adventure, uncharted wild lands, and our place in and on this planet. (Isak Dinesen is the pen name of Karen von Blixen.)

What are you currently reading/watching/listening to?

Reading: I just finished The Wild Trees and it is a must read, a wild ride with the tree climbing heroes of today. They are out to document and preserve the forests, especially the redwood forests which pre-date us by over one hundred million years. I’m currently reading Flash Boys, an insider look at what is wrong on Wall Street and how it might be reformed. I’ll recommend (for obvious reasons) Debt-Free U: How I Paid for an Outstanding College Education Without Loans, Scholarships, or Mooching off My Parents.

Watching: The Goldbergs, the best depiction of a family in the eighties!

Listening: Currently I am listening to a CD by my son’s group Savannah Vader (highly recommended… metal, meditative, and mystic.)

What advice do you have for Whittier College students?

Find what you are passionate about and incorporate it into whatever you do, read a lot, and never stop learning. Also, examine your life ( “An unexamined life is not worth living” comes from Plato’s Apology, which is a recollection of the speech Socrates gave at his trial.)

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

Link+… if we don’t carry the book you want in our catalog we are connected to 50+ participating academic and public libraries that may carry just the book you are looking for. And… if you have a Moodle question, or suggestion… stop by! My terracotta warrior will give you entry.

Thank you, Kathy, for taking the time to share your thoughts and experiences with us. Next week, we will bring you an interview with Serials and E-Resources Librarian, Joe Dmohowski.

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