How did you get your start at LCC? What do you remember most from your first day/week/month?
My first day at LCC was January 18 1990. It was my first job fresh out of library school. I was so impressed by the teamwork in the library from day one. The knowledge and dedication of the staff was remarkable.
Have you held different positions at LCC? How would you describe your career path and the role that LCC played in it?
I began and ended my library career at LCC. I have always worked as a librarian at the college. I began at LCC, went to a public library for almost twenty years, and returned to LCC in 2018. During my absence from the college, I always missed working with students. My favorite part of the job is assisting students with research. Experience at the LCC library really honed and improved my research skills.
What's your favorite memory from your time at LCC? Who are the people who made working here great?
One of my favorite memories is when the TLC building was constructed and had a grand opening ceremony (1995-1998). The three libraries merged into one building after being in three locations. All of the library staff worked diligently for a smooth transition to new library services. The librarians here have been great mentors and role models for my entire career. To name just a few: Elenka Raschkow, Kim Farley, Debby Harris and especially my colleague also retiring this year, Suzanne Sawyer.
What were your greatest accomplishments or successes while working at LCC?
The greatest accomplishments are the seemingly small ones when you work with a student and they gain a research skill or even just feel a little more confident. Many years ago, I got an Applegram note from a student who was returning to college after many years. She said it was intimidating to be back in school and that she lacked confidence. After working with me, she wrote that she felt so much better about doing research and had more confidence in herself. That is what working in a community college is all about!
What are you looking forward to in your retirement? What plans are you most excited for?
I am looking forward to spending more time with my family, especially my mother and stepfather who live near Traverse City. I will get to spend more time in Florida with them in the winter. My oldest nieces and nephews are grown up and starting families of their own. The youngest ones are growing up fast as well. I look forward to spending time with them. I am most excited for my trip to Washington DC that the kids are buying me as a retirement present.
Is there any additional information that you would like to share related to your time at LCC?
I feel so fortunate to have worked at the college. There is something so special and unique about community college and the role it plays in the lives of students. It was wonderful to be a small part of that.