Information Update - Spring 2010

Introducing Our Staff: Barbara Evans

     Editor's note: This is the first of a series of articles introducing members of the Library Staff, some of whom have been at the Weinberg Library for many years, but are familiar only as a friendly face or a name.

     Barbara Evans, Circulation/Access Services Clerk, is our featured employee in this issue of the Information Update. Barbara, who began her career here in the Library in 2002, is the person to thank when you find the book you were looking for in its exact location on the shelf in the Library. Under the supervision of Pat Savitts, Circulation Supervisor, Barbara coordinates the efforts of the work study students who reshelve returned books and file new books in their correct Library of Congress classification order. In addition to this task, Barbara also spends a portion of her workday charging out laptops and books at the Circulation Desk, helping patrons with reserve materials, and generally serving as a welcoming presence as students enter the Weinberg Library for study or socialization. You may also find Barbara arranging displays throughout the library. Upon entering the Quiet Study Room on the fourth floor, you may notice a changing selection of books and artifacts representing various themes- Banned Books in September, Hispanic Heritage Month in the fall and Black History and Women's History Months in February and March respectively. Barbara selects the books and makes sure that they are artfully displayed.

    Another of her projects involves the Friends of the Library Annual Book Sale. The Weinberg Library receives a plethora of gifts from local and regional book owners wishing to donate their collections to the University. Barb arranges pick-up and delivery for these gifts and then goes about the tedious process of culling the boxes for treasures. Barbara Evans Under the guidance of the librarians who serve as collection development liaisons for each content area, she determines which books will be added, often times checking to see if a book already held by the Weinberg is in need of replacement. She prepares the books not added to the collection for sale, either by placing them on the two shelves in the Library's lobby for ongoing purchase, or in the basement, where they will find their way to the three day April sale, held in the Heritage Room of the Library. Ms. Evans has also expanded the book sale by adding a tag sale to the books, records, and magazines sold. Every Christmas, Barbara hosts the annual Christmas with Santa pictures in the Heritage Room of the Library, an event enjoyed by students, faculty, staff and their children.

     With all of these activities that take up her work life, you would think that Barb would just return to her Clarks Summit home each evening and relax. Instead she is fully engaged in her community. She serves as a Clarks Summit Council woman, and until January 2010, as a member of the Abington Area Recreation Park Board. You may also see her in the Byron Rec Center playing racquetball with fellow library staffer Kym Fetsko or teaching several of her work study students the basics of swimming. She thoroughly enjoys participating in kayak and canoe races down the Lackawanna River. She also paints and creates pottery. Spending time with her grandson Luke completes her after work activities.

     The Weinberg Library is fortunate to have the talented and committed Barbara Evans as a member of its staff.

Betsey Moylan