March 2nd, 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 Systems Librarian, Nick Velkavrh.
What is your job title?
What three words best describe you?
Inquisitive, dedicated, witty. (Nick’s first answer was “Hard-working. Alpha male. Jackhammer. Merciless. Insatiable“.)
What do you do at Whittier College?
If it has a plug, it is my job to fix it. Serious answer: My primary job is to support the technology needs of the Library. This includes a wide range of tasks, such as computer and printer troubleshooting, upgrading systems and software, maintaining various servers, developing our website, assisting our Serials and Electronic Resource Librarian with online databases and services, and maintaining our eBook collection. I also provide reference and instruction services, help support Moodle on campus, and I purchase print collections for the library.
How would you describe your work space?
It’s usually a mess, littered with computer parts, electronics, and coffee cups. I drink copious amounts of coffee.
What’s your favorite book?
The Very Hungry Caterpillar changed my life. It was a non-stop thrill ride and I was shocked by the ending. More serious answer: I’ve always had trouble answering this question and, frankly, I don’t think I have a favorite. I can say that I have a few favorite writers. For instance, Kurt Vonnegut, John Steinbeck, William Faulkner, and George Orwell come to mind. I also have a guilty pleasure for anything related to suspense and horror. Stephen King is one of my favorites in that genre.
What are you currently reading/watching/listening to?
Watching: Anything comedy. I love shows like the Simpsons (I still think it is great, even after 26 seasons), American Dad, Bob’s Burger’s, Parks and Rec, and 30 Rock. I’m also a big fan of House, Dexter, Mad Men, Ray Donovan, and the Newsroom.
Listening: I spend a lot of time in my car and I really started to get into audiobooks and podcasts about a year ago. It’s drastically changed the way I perceive and experience commuting. I think I’ve listened to all of the Freakonomics books and everything that Malcolm Gladwell has written, in addition to tons of other random fiction and nonfiction titles that I’ve found through Overdrive. As far as podcasts are concerned, I trend toward comedy/call-in kinds of shows like the Adam Carolla Show, the Dr. Drew Podcast, Classic Loveline (notice a theme here?), as well as things like Stuff You Should Know and Freakonomics Radio. I also jumped on the Serial bandwagon.
What advice do you have for Whittier College students?
Never let fear stop you from trying something new or different. You’ll only regret it.
What Wardman Library resource/service would you recommend to students?
Our staff! Everyone here aims to be as helpful as possible and we really care about Whittier and our students.
Thank you, Nick, for taking the time to share your thoughts and experiences with us. Next week, we will bring you an interview with our Circulation Services specialist, Cindy Bessler.
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