February 19th, 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 Director, Laurel Crump.
What is your job title?
What three words best describe you?
Happy, upbeat, practical
What do you do at Whittier College?
I’m the administrator for the Library and the buck stops with me. I direct our 13 library employees, which includes hiring, professional development, and annual reviews. The Library budget, building (maintenance, plans for improvements), strategic planning, decisions about library resources, and event planning are all my responsibility. I oversee all aspects of the day-to-day operations of the Library.
How would you describe your work space?
Most of my work is done at my desk computer. I like my office because it faces the windows and I can see the students coming and going past the Circulation desk. You’ll see I’m surrounded by elephants, a collecting hobby of 40 years.
What’s your favorite book?
Oh my heavens, I could never list one as a favorite since I’ve been reading for 58 years and thousands of books have flashed before my eyes! I like murder mysteries, detective fiction, gardening books, biographies and a little of everything else. Eclectic would best describe it.
What are you currently reading/watching/listening to?
Listening: Dylan’s Shadows in the Night
What advice do you have for Whittier College students?
Enjoy being young, energetic, and healthy. Be sure those you love and hold dear know how much you care – life is precious, and it’s easy to take the good times for granted.
What Wardman Library resource/service would you recommend to students?
Our Librarians are friendly, helpful and smart – ask for their help. Our new e-books are wonderful, and using Interlibrary Loan for articles and LINK+ for books is a great way to get items we don’t own. The Library offers a lot of support during finals, too. Your tuition pays for all these Library resources and services…take advantage of all we have – and give us your suggestions for more resources and services.
Thank you, Laurel, for taking the time to share your thoughts and experiences with us. Next week, we will bring you an interview with our Systems Librarian, Nick Velkavrh.
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