Getting to Know You: Brianna Glenn

Here is our sixth entry in the “Getting to Know You” series. This week, please meet one of our newest recruits, Briana Glenn!

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Work-study Brianna Glenn, posing with a swing music compilation LP

Who are you?

Brianna Glenn. I’m a work-study student worker at GC Library.

Where did you grow up?

Collinsville, TX

What is your educational and/or work background?

I have a high school diploma, and am finishing up my Associate’s in Music before transferring and earning a Bachelor’s in Music Education.

What is your favorite book? Who is your favorite author?

There are so many. I can’t choose.

What is the last book you read? Or, what are you currently reading?

I am currently reading Gone Girl, and Winter Soldier comics.

What is it about?

Gone Girl is about a psychopath who framed her husband for her murder. The Winter Soldier comics are about Captain America’s sidekick Bucky Barnes.

What do you like most about working at the library?

I enjoy the entire experience, including the shelf reading. However my favorite part is sifting through our record collection.

What are some hobbies or interests of yours outside of the Library?

Music. Literally music, and reading. Oh, and sketching. Also running. Really, though, music is my main interest. I play five instruments and sing.

Anything else about yourself you’d like to share?

I play the cello. I really love m&m’s on my pizza. I also enjoy long walks on the beach and candlelit dinners.


Brianna just started working at the Library at the beginning of the Spring ’15 semester. Her primary special project has been to go through and organize our large collection of classical, jazz, big band, and vocal LP records.

Getting to Know You: Brianna Glenn

Getting to Know You: Rachel Schroeder

This is the 5th post in our “Getting to Know You” series! Learn more about our work-study turned part-time employee Rachel!

Part-time employee Rachel Schroeder

Who are you?

My name is Rachel. I work part-time at the Library since I graduated in December.

Where did you grow up?

I am a nomad; I have lived in Missouri, Oklahoma, and Texas.

What is your educational and/or work background?

I have earned two degrees from Grayson: an Associate of Science Degree in Theatre, and an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Culinary Arts.

What is your favorite book, or who is your favorite author?

Karen Marie Moning and Kresley Cole 

What is the last book you read? Or, what are you currently reading?

I can’t remember, but I love paranormal fiction!

What are the characteristics of paranormal fiction?

Stories that involve valkyries, demons, witches, and other mythical creatures

What do you like most about working at the Library?

The quirky human beings that come to use the library (and those that work here) are my favorite things about the library. Plus the thousands of movies and books that I get to go on adventures with are pretty great!

What are some hobbies or interests of yours outside of the Library?

I like to read, quilt (with yo-yos), thrift store shop, and marathon Netflix. But, mostly I just like to hang out with small groups of friends and watch movies or play board games.

Anything else about yourself you’d like to share?

Nahhh…..I’m good. 🙂


Rachel began working at the Library in the summer of 2012 as a work-study, and has continued on with us while she pursues full-time employment in the culinary field. She bakes delicious brownies of all varieties, and is responsible for putting together many of our displays.

Getting to Know You: Rachel Schroeder

Getting to Know You: Krishnia Seely

Here’s your chance to learn more about work-study Krishnia Seely! This is the fourth entry in our “Getting to Know You” series.

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Work-Study Krishnia Seely

Who are you?

My name is Krishnia. I am a work-study student worker at the Library.

Where did you grow up?

I spent most of my childhood living on a farm outside of the Durant city limits in Oklahoma. My high school and college years have been spent in Denison, Texas. I’m not much of a traveler.

What is your educational and/or work background?

I’m currently pursuing an Associate of Science Degree in Geology. This is the last semester to go before graduating. I’m thinking I’ll stick with it and become a Rock Doctor eventually.

What is your favorite book? Who is your favorite author?

I’m too indecisive for that.

What is the last book you read? Or, what are you currently reading?

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.  

What is it about?

It’s about a reporter that goes on a hallucinogenic drug craze through California to cover a race in the desert. His attorney was there the whole time for some reason. Honestly, I prefer books about wizards.

What do you like most about working at the Library?

A part of me would say the work-at-your-own-pace kind of atmosphere, but I think I like the idea of keeping things in order the most. Sequences are nice. Also, the Special Collections room is my favorite place in the Library. Antique books, man.

What are some hobbies or interests of yours outside of the Library?

I like close-up pictures of fungi, and wooded areas seem to be my favored habitat. I don’t usually move over 5 mph, swimming isn’t really my thing, and I eat a lot of leaves.

Anything else about yourself you’d like to share?

I’m secretly a tortoise.


Krishnia has been a work-study at the Library since the Spring ’14 semester. She is known for sharing interesting facts, bringing Andrew bagels in the morning, and digging around in the Special Collections.

Getting to Know You: Krishnia Seely

Celebrate Women’s History Month

Women’s History Month is celebrated every March in the United States. The celebration began as “Women’s History Week” in California in the late 1970’s (to include International Women’s Day, March 8th) before Congress was petitioned to expand it to national status in 1981. Congress later expanded it to be a month-long celebration, and National Women’s History Month began in 1987.

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Women’s History Month display, 1st floor

We have assembled a display case to celebrate Women’s History Month, which can be seen as you enter the west entrance on the first floor of the library. The display is comprised of materials from our collection related to prominent women throughout history, including, but not limited to, works by significant female authors. Eleanor of Aquitaine, Joan of Arc, prominent Texas women, and Eleanor Roosevelt are just a few of the historical figures represented. Works by Dr. Maya Angelou, and recent memoirs such as I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai are just a few of the female-authored materials showcased herein.

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Come check it out while you have the opportunity!


References and Further Reading

Library of Congress

Women’s History Month Resources on Infoplease

Celebrate Women’s History Month

Getting to Know You: Brad Roberts

This is the second entry in our series of posts where we share with you a brief bio about our librarians, staff, and student workers. Happy reading!

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Work-Study Brad Roberts

Who are you?

My name is Brad Roberts. I am a work-study student worker at GC Library.

Where did you grow up?

Denison, TX

What is your educational and/or work background?

I am pursuing an Associate’s Degree in Music.

What is your favorite book? Who is your favorite author?

Brian Jacques‘ “Redwall” series.

What is the last book you read? Or, what are you currently reading?

Catch-22, by Joseph Heller.

What is it about?

You’ll have to read it for yourself!

What do you like most about working at the Library?

The laid back, friendly atmosphere and the ability to work at your own pace.

What are some hobbies or interests of yours outside of the Library?

Music, video games (mainly Pokémon!), and anime.

Anything else about yourself you’d like to share?

I’ll be graduating this semester, and I sure wish I could stay longer!


Brad began working at the library at the start of the Fall ’14 semester. His primary special project here has been to organize and process our vast collection of scores donated to us by the Music Department.

Getting to Know You: Brad Roberts

Getting to Know You: Lisa Hebert

This is our first in a series of posts called “Getting to Know You,” with the intent to share more with everyone about our librarians, staff, and student workers. Thanks for reading!

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Head Librarian Lisa Hebert

Who are you?

Well, my name is Lisa Hebert. However, you can call me the “Ninja Librarian.” I am the Head Librarian at Grayson College.

Where did you grow up?

I grew up all over, moving about every year. I lived in Europe as a young person and as an adult. I went to high school right outside of Washington, D.C.

What is your educational and/or work background?

I got my Bachelor’s Degree in History from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, and my Master’s Degree in Library Science from the University of Arizona. I have worked in public libraries, university libraries, special libraries, and government libraries.

What is your favorite book? Who is your favorite author?

I enjoy Jane Austen, not all of her stories though; really just Pride & Prejudice, Persuasion, and Sense & Sensibility. Mysteries are awesome and I started with Nancy Drew as a kid.

What is the last book you read? Or, what are you currently reading?

Recently, I read, not a book, but the play, Journey’s End. It is a drama about World War I British soldiers fighting in Europe. It shows the lives of a small group of men and how they experience the war.

I have always loved to read, and remember the first book I checked out in the first library I visited. It was a book about Mr. Small. I managed to find and buy that book years later in a used bookshop.

What are some hobbies or interests of yours outside of the library?

In the world outside the library, I enjoy music and theater. I volunteer for the local community theater, and I am taking a music class this semester to become more informed about the subject. I have always enjoyed historical experiences and love to do things that involve history. I believe it is important to help out in your community and I like to do what I can to make a difference.

Anything else about yourself you’d like to share?

If I could travel anywhere I would like to visit Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand (to see where the Hobbits live!). I love humour and one of my favorite TV shows that makes me laugh is The Vicar of Dibley.  Specifically, the episodes where the vicar gets married. I really enjoy BBC shows, as well as tea.


Lisa has been the College Librarian/Director at GC since 1999. She is known for serenading staff with operatic renditions of “Happy Birthday” when they least expect it. Contact her at lharris@grayson.edu.

Getting to Know You: Lisa Hebert

Welcome

The 2nd floor stacks.
The 2nd floor stacks.

The Library is proud to introduce our new blog here on WordPress.

Just a little about our plans for the blog:

  • Content will vary, but the blog’s main focus will be to highlight both existing items in–and new additions to–our collection. This includes books, DVDs, special collections, and databases/online resources!
  • Additional content you may find: tutorials for finding and utilizing library resources, links to useful online resources, news about events going on in the library, and information about happenings in and around Grayson College.
  • This blog is targeted primarily at the Grayson College community of students, faculty, and staff; however, we welcome members of our surrounding communities who may find information here to peruse and enjoy.
  • Look for new content to be posted on a weekly to bi-weekly basis, schedules permitting!
  • Keep up-to-date with the blog by liking us on Facebook and/or following us on Twitter!

Cheers!

Grayson College Library Staff

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