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
How 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.