I am the Circulation Librarian for the Georgia Institute of Technology Library and Information Center. I am also the Assistant Department Head of Circulation. I have worked for GT for, gosh, 7 years now. I started working in libraries at the ripe age of 16 and fell in love, particularly with Circulation. I even worked as a Circulation Manager for several years in a public library. I am very passionate about my profession. I look forward to "meeting" others in my field of work.
Hi, I'm Mary. I'm the head of access and delivery services at NCSU libraries. I oversee circ, reserves, ILL, document deliver, media/microforms and stacks, as well as any other jobs that come my way. I supervise around 35 full-time staff and we probably have about 15-20 student employees. The library is open 24 hours/5 days a week so my staff is spread over three different shifts.
Before moving to Raleigh I was the head of access services at the health sciences library at SUNY Stonybrook for almost 4 years. Before that I was a reference librarian at the Florence A. Moore library of medicine at Drexel University and before that I worked in access services for two years while I was getting my MLS/MSIS.
I have been working in access services for 7 years and I love it. I don't think I could ever do anything else.
I also author the Circ and Serve blog.
Hey Karen. You know who I am so I'll introduce myself for the benefit of others. :)
I'm Head of Circulation at Georgia Tech Library. Yes, I'm Karen's boss! And I'm even bossier than she is! :) Anyway, I have over 22 years of academic library experience. I started as a data entry clerk in the Catalog Dept. way back in the 80's at another local academic library. I also worked a part-time circulation job in a public library for about 5 years. About 20 years of my experience is in Circulation. I've been here at Tech for almost 11 years. I'm about to begin my last semester at FSU in the distance education MLIS program. I can't wait to finish my degree. Anyway, Karen and I are fortunate enough to work for a good administration—which is why I was able to get a department head position without being a librarian and Karen was promoted into her position after she finished her degree a couple of years ago.
Karen told you about our craziest patron experience. In all the years that I've worked in circulation and all the craziness I've witnessed, that episode topped it all.
I'm looking forward to some good discussion on this site and perhaps getting a chance to meet some of you at future conferences. Karen and I both will be at ALA in June.
I see I should have put my intro here. My apologies! Anyway, I guess I will copy and paste.
I started working in Circulation/Library Services in 1996 as a shelver when I was just 16 years old. After college I worked for two years at a public library in Indiana (where I'm originally from) where I started as a Circulation Assistant, and was promoted to Circulation Supervisor after a year. My husband and I wanted to move so I applied for a Circulation Coordinator position on the east-coast and we've been east-coast transplants here in Massachusetts since 2005 Last fall I started earning my MLS and will graduate in June of 2008.
As a Circulation Coordinator I'm in charge of supervising and training almost 30 student assistants as well as organizing all stack maintenace activities (shelving, range reading, binding, periodical maintenance, etc). While motivation and training seems to be the biggest obstacles where the students are concerned, being just 25 I do have the advantage of increased communication between myself and the students. I really enjoy my job and hope to be a Circulation/Library Services department head/manager.
I am happy to meet you all, and hope this forum gets a lot of use!
Hi, I'm Pamela. I hail from the cold state of New York, at least in November it will be cold! I am a late-comer to the profession, having gotten my MLS in 2002. I spent 20 some years in the business world. Now I'm the Head of Access Services at the State University of New York, College at Oneonta. I have been here for 4 years. I oversee circulation, reserves, information delivery services (ILL, document delivery, and faculty scanning), stacks, government documents, copyright issues, and exhibit installations. I also work at the Research Desk and conduct information literacy classes, as well as anything else the Director decides I should do. Prior to my time here, I spent 4 years at a Community College with the title of Systems Librarian. For those of you in the CC environment, you know that no matter the title, you often do a little of everything.
I currently have a full-time staff of 7, 4 part-time library assistants and about 35 student workers. We are open Sun -Thursday till 1am. My night-time staff consists of 1 full-time professional and the library assistance and student workers.
I am really looking forwards to discovering how librarians in my field do their jobs outside of NY. The idea of an "access services" conference is extremely appealing because the title can cover such a broad topic area!
Hello fellow Circulation and access services people. I am Robyn, department head, from Decatur Public Library in Decatur Illinois, circulation 650,000 per year. I manage a staff of 16, including myself, and we are one of the bigger fish in a large consortia. Our biggest challenge, most days, is fulfilling our end of the reciprocal borrowing agreement. We typically pull and route 150 items to other libraries each day. Our automation system is Horizon (Sirsi-Dynix) and tracking and managing these items is a great big headache. I really hope this forum catches on. I learn more from you, my peers, than anywhere else.
I work at The Salina Public library. We are a medium size public library. My title is Head of Circulation. I have been at the library for 20 years and Head of Circulation for 15. I have 12 people in my department 3 full time clerical, one 3/4 time clerical, 5 PT clerical and 2 PT shelvers. We are responsible for the circulation of materials, shelving, and stack maintenance (and other duties that may be assigned! you know 90 percent of our jobs!) I look forward to sharing and learning with all of you on this forum.
Yeah for Circulation/Access Services staff! I am the Head of Access & Media Services at Georgia State University Library. I've worked at GSU for about 20+ years. I've worked as a cataloger before, but must say Circulation is "where the action is!" I manage about 16 people and about 10 student assistants. I'm responsible for staffing 2 circ desks in 2 separate buildings. Kudos to you, Karen! I am so happy there is finally a forum for us circ folks!
Hello to everyone. I'm the Circulation Services Supervisor/Reference Assistant at the Noreen
Reale Falcone Library at Le Moyne College in Syracuse NY. I've worked here for the past 14 years.
I hire 30 work study student assistants which is equalivant of 9 full time staff. I'm responsible for
the circulation of materials, shelving, stack maintenance, book searches, collection of fines and
(e)reserve functions. I look forward to sharing and learning with all of you on this forum.
My name is Martha Yancey. I am the Access Services Librarian at West Virginia University's Evansdale
Library. I was pleasantly surprise to see the Wiki message in my email. I have worked at Evansdale for
10 years. Evansdale Access Services has 6 staff members, and works with approximately 35 students
during the year. I am responsible for all activities in the unit. We have embarked on our own unit wiki, but, decided
to restrict it to IP addresses at least for now. I also have reference desk responsibilities.
I look forward to this experience.
I'm a library technician at Bates Technical College Library. I've worked here at Bates for about 6 years now. Currently we're a staff of three for one library, though we plan to have a total of 6 staff spread over two facilities relatively soon. This looks like it could become a very useful tool…I look forward to seeing it develop.
Okay, so I see a lot of new people in the members list, but not so many posts here. Come on people introduce yourselves! I really want to meet other circ and ADS people. I so rarely come across them in other places!
Hello, I'm thrilled to be here. This wiki is a great idea, even though this is the first time I've actually been a part of one. My library background entails working my way through college at the Flint (Michigan) Public Library. After college I had various jobs in the library system: Branch library clerk, General Reading Department secretary, and Circulation Department clerk. From there I worked in a corporate law firm's library in San Francisco. In between I had forays in other fields. I returned to Michigan and began working as a library assistant in the circulation departments of two university libraries. Kettering University library gives me the opportunity to wear many hats: Circulation Desk coordinator, paraprofessional reference librarian, event manager, copier troubleshooter, Reserves coordinator, and supervisor of 10 student assistants. I direct the work of a full-time library assistant and part-time library clerk. The university operates on the quarter system, and students alternate between co-op employment and on-campus terms. Every three months, I've got a new batch of students to train. It's a challenge for sure, but I enjoy it! Every day is different.
Hi there. My name is Barb and I am the branch manager at the Carbon Valley Library in Frederick, CO. We are part of the Weld Library District.
As a small library, I wear many hats and have worked circulation for 18 years. I also serve as the lead for "library materials" for my library district.
Currently, I have a staff of 7. But, we are building a new library that is 10 times bigger than my current library, so I will be hiring staff!
Hi, my name is Rodrigo and I am the Head of Access Services at the Otto G. Richter Library, University of Miami. I currently oversee 6 units: Accounting, Circulation, ILL, Off-Campus shelving Facilities, Reserves and Stacks. I supervise approximately 20 staff members and 50 student assustants. I have worked at the Universtity of Miami for 4 years, but this is my second year as Head of Access Services (I got my MLS a year and a half ago).
I am really looking forward to participating in this forum!