National Library Week: Featured Staff Member Maryke Barber

This week we’re featuring staff members each week day in celebration of National Library Week. From the archives to the front lines, these are people that make the Wyndham Robertson Library a great place to study, work, and enjoy.

Meet Maryke Barber, Public Services & Arts Liaison Librarian

Picture, Maryke BarberHow long have you worked in libraries and how long have you worked at Hollins?
My first library job was in college, in 19something – I worked at the circulation desk for two years, and then I ran off to work in the theatre costume shop. Eventually I made my way back to the library. I’ve worked at Hollins for 13 years.
 
What is your favorite thing about libraries and/or librarianship?
The people who work in libraries are amazing people. Often invisible to you who are using the library, they actually share your love of good stories, interesting information, and all of the other things that bring you to the library. They believe in what they do, and that makes for a great working environment.
 
Do you have a favorite moment at Hollins that you can share? Or your favorite aspect of your work at Hollins?
It is hard to choose. What I love are the many small moments when everyone in the room works together to make something happen. I see that in my work, in the classrooms, on the quad. This is a community that can achieve so much, and I value the opportunity to be a part of that.
 
Fill in the blank: If I wasn’t a librarian, I would be ___________________.
If I wasn’t a librarian I would be a park ranger. At least, that’s what the Strong Interest Inventory (SII) told me.
 
What do you like to do when you’re not at work?
Ha, I like hiking, so perhaps the SII wasn’t that far off. I also like playing with food.

National Library Week: Featured Staff Member Beth Harris

It’s National Library Week! To celebrate our library we want help you get to know the people who make everything possible: library staff members. From the archives to the front lines, we’ll feature 5 staff members who help make the Wyndham Robertson Library a great place to study, work, and enjoy.

Meet Beth Harris, Special Collections Librarian and Archivist

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Photo by Olivia Body, HU ’08

How long have you worked in libraries and how long have you worked at Hollins?
I have worked at Hollins over 20 years (both as a paraprofessional [pre-library school] and as a professional).   I also worked at the music library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as a student assistant.  I also volunteer at my church library.

What is your favorite thing about libraries and/or librarianship?
I enjoy bringing people and information together and I learn something new every day.  It never gets boring.

 

Do you have a favorite moment at Hollins that you can share? Or your favorite aspect of your work at Hollins?
I have vivid memories of getting ready to move from Fishburn Library (now VAC) and transitioning to the new library.  We had to do it over spring break and I had about a week to put up four exhibits in time for the dedication weekend.  The weekend was exhausting but wonderful and the library staff was invited to the fancy dinner for the big donors.  We dressed up and had our hair done—it felt like getting ready for the prom.  Also:  One of my favorite aspects of my work is that I get to be in charge of the “old stuff” in the archives and rare books.

Fill in the blank: If I wasn’t a librarian, I would be ___________________.
I originally wanted to be a professional musician (I was a clarinet major) but I knew that that was not a realistic goal as the competition is fierce for those types of jobs.  I spent a number of years wondering what I was going to do with myself if music didn’t work out and how I would earn a living.  I’m so thankful I was introduced to the wonderful world of libraries.

What do you like to do when you’re not at work?
Bake, workout, sing, scrapbook, and read (I have no time anymore for the last two but someday…).

Gong Meditation in the Library

Are you ready to rest, relax, and rejuvenate? Leave the busy semester behind for a bit with gong meditation. During this “sound bath” the gong’s vibrations will wash over you like undulating waves, sweeping you away to another realm, carrying you to a place of profound peace and stillness. The tones of the gong are magical because their energy can quickly shift your brain waves from a beta to an alpha state, which is perfect for stress reduction and healing. Many imagine that the vibrations of the gong must sound like the music of the celestial spheres…aren’t you curious to experience these tones for yourself?

Please bring a pillow and blanket, or sleeping bag.

Wednesday, April 8th
7-8 pm
Hollins Room in the Library
Meditation led by Andy Matzner
Open to students, faculty, & staff

Questions? Please email Rebecca Seipp, Outreach Librarian, at seipprl@hollins.edu.

Win Free Coffee at the Library for the Rest of the Semester!

Does free coffee for the rest of the semester at the library Greenberry’s sound like a good idea? We thought so! Here are three ways for you to enter to win:

  • CoffeeOn Instagram: Upload a picture of your drink purchase from Greenberry’s in the library and tag the library (@HollinsULibrary) in the caption.
  • At Greenberry’s: Print your name on the back of your coffee receipt and drop it in the jar in the coffee commons.
  • At the bookmobile: We will have a special opportunity to enter the free coffee drawing at our bookmobile on Wednesday (3/18) in Moody from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm.

The last day to enter is Friday, March 20th 5:00 pm. Everyone who has put their Greenberry’s receipt in the jar since Monday evening (3/9) is entered to win. The winner will be notified on Tuesday, March 31st.

Details: Only current Hollins’ students are eligible to enter. This offer is good for 2 coffee drinks per week for the rest of the semester beginning the week of March 30th (a total of 14 drinks) and is not redeemable for cash. Gift certificates are good for coffee, espresso drinks, hot chocolate, and tea, and they must be used at the Greenberry’s in the library. You can enter the drawing multiple times at Greenberry’s in the library by purchasing coffee, printing your name on the receipt, and dropping it in the jar. If you enter on Instagram or at the bookmobile it will only count as one entry. For example:

Instagram picture + bookmobile entry = 1 entry
Instagram picture + 2 coffee receipts = 3 entries
bookmobile entry + 2 coffee receipts = 3 entries
Instagram + bookmobile + 2 coffee receipts = 3 entries

Greenberry’s Coffee in the library is open Sunday – Thursday from 7 pm – 11 pm. Questions or comments? Please contact Rebecca Seipp, Outreach Librarian, at seipprl@hollins.edu.

Naxos to go: Naxos Music Library App

Naxos Music Library is an online database with over 1.5 million tracks of music available to current Hollins students, faculty, and staff. In addition to accessing the database through the library, you can download it as an app for your phone!

WantNML NML on your phone or tablet, but don’t know how to get started? Bring your iPhone or Android device to Moody and let us help you!

Over 100,000 CDs are now available in the palm of your hand, with thousands of recordings added every month.

 

 

Drop by the Glass Dining Room in Moody on Wednesday, March 11th between 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. and we will help you set up Naxos! 

Questions or comments? Contact Maryke Barber, Arts Librarian, at mbarber@hollins.edu or 540.362.6592. 

In order to use the app, you must be a current Hollins student, faculty, or staff member and your phone must have requirements below.

Compatibility: iPhone app requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for
iPhone 5. Android app requires Android 4.0 and up.

 

WRL Book Club reading “Harvest” by Jim Crace for January 2015 Meeting

harvestThe Wyndham Robertson Library Book Club for faculty, staff, and alumni is reading “Harvest” by Jim Crace for our first meeting in 2015. The book begins “[o]n the morning after harvest, the inhabitants of a remote English village awaken looking forward to a hard-earned day of rest and feasting at their landowner’s table. But the sky is marred by two conspicuous columns of smoke, replacing pleasurable anticipation with alarm and suspicion.”

Join us to discuss the book at noon on Tuesday, January 20th in the Hollins Room in the library. Feel free to bring a lunch; the library will provide coffee and dessert.

Please RSVP to Maryke Barber at mbarber@hollins.edu or 540-362-6592.

The book is available to checkout through the Roanoke Valley Public Library or to purchase online at retailers like Powell’s, Barnes & Noble, and HPB Marketplace.

WRL Book club reading “The Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet” by Jamie Ford for November 11.

BittersweetThe WRL Book Club for staff, faculty, and alums is currently reading “The Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet” by Jamie Ford. We will discuss the book at noon on Tuesday, November 11th in the Hollins Room at noon. Feel free to bring your brown bag lunch – drinks and dessert are provided.

Need a copy of the book? It’s available to checkout at the Roanoke Valley Public Libraries or you can purchase it online at retailers like Powell’sHPB Marketplace, and Barnes & Noble.

Please RSVP to Maryke Barber at mbarber@hollins.edu or 540-362-6592.

*This book is also the Roanoke Valley Reads community read for 2014. For more information on Roanoke Valley Reads and information on the events happening in October please follow this link.

WRL Book Club reading “Factory Man” by Beth Macy for August 27th

factory manThe WRL Book Club for staff, faculty, and alums is currently reading “Factory Man” by Hollins alumna and Roanoke author Beth Macy. We will discuss the book at noon on Wednesday, August 27th in the Hollins Room. Feel free to bring your brown bag lunch – drinks and dessert are provided.

Please RSVP to Maryke Barber at mbarber@hollins.edu or 540-362-6592.

 

A Penny For Your Thoughts…

Okay, we don’t have any pennies to give out, but we do have lunch! All current summer graduate students are invited to participate in the library’s summer student advisory committee.  We are here to help you and we’d love to have your input on how we can do that! Take a role by joining us in a discussion about improving current library programs and services, and help by providing input on new services. Nothing is required beyond your participation in the discussion, and lunch will be on us.

Monday, July 7, 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Hollins Room (3rd floor)
Wyndham Robertson Library
Lunch will be served.

RSVP to Rebecca Seipp at seipprl@hollins.edu or 540-362-6328
Please let Rebecca know if you have any dietary restrictions.

Zotero – Citations have never been so easy!

Working on a thesis or multiple papers? Would you like to have a tool to help you keep track of sources? One that downloads citations automatically; creates bibliographies in any format, with one click; can be used from any computer; is easy to use; and is FREE?

This workshop is for you!

Zotero is software created especially for students and scholars. Its designers describe it as a “personal research assistant – inside your browser.” Bring your brown bag lunch; coffee and dessert are on the library.

Date: Wed., July 2 OR Friday, July 11 (choose one)
Time: 12:15-1:15 p.m.
Location: Library Instruction Room

Please RSVP to Maryke Barber at mbarber@hollins.edu.