Ask the librarian: Rachel R. Newbury

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Name of Library: Carlson Library, Clarion University of Pennsylvania

What kind of librarian are you?:My position is Serials & Electronic Access Librarian at an academic library. This means I am responsible for the journals and magazines we subscribe to and I also make sure patrons can access our electronic journals and the information about what we have is accessible.

How long have you been a librarian?: I finished my Masters of Library Science in Summer of 2012, started my first librarian job Summer of 2013.

What lead you to wanting to be a librarian?: I have a degree in English and have always enjoyed reading and writing and analyzing literature. I attended an information session at IUPUI in Indianapolis, Indiana and the description of librarian work as “helping connect people with information” sounded like this would be a good fit for me.

How do you pick books for your library?: Most of the books I select are specifically for university departments, sometimes for new programs. I spend time looking at lists of recommended titles from vendors, and also Publisher’s Weekly and other selection magazines. Sometimes a book title seems interesting to me so I will read the description to determine if the book might be a good fit for our library. I also pay attention to new and emerging topics in the academic departments I select for and try to find books that speak to these topics so students and faculty can stay up to date in their fields.

Do you have a favorite author?:This is a hard question! I think my current favorites are Victoria (V.E.) Schwab and Leigh Bardugo. I have also loved C.S. Lewis since I was a kid.

How do you decide what book to recommend to a specific kid?: I always ask if there is a topic or subject they are very interested in right now, and I also like to ask if they have a favorite book or one they have read many times. Then I can recommend something similar, or ask if they might be interested in something very different.

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