This is the latest blog entry in a series introducing LVA employees and exploring what they do day-to-day. If you are interested in what goes on behind the scenes, entries in this series are collected under the tag 7 Questions. Other entries discussing the internal work of the Library of Virginia are filed under our new category “The Stacks”.
What is your background?
I graduated from Mary Washington in 2013 with a degree in Historic Preservation. I started working at the library in early 2014.
How do you explain what you do to others?
I usually start by explaining how LVA is different from a public library with the focus being on Virginia history and genealogy. I also rotate between the circulation, microfilm, and sometimes archives & manuscripts desks which requires me to know a little of everything!
Have you held other positions at the Library? If so, what?
How has technology affected your current job?
Working in public service, technology can be unpredictable so we have to find creative solutions or alternatives if something stops working the way it should. Sharing tips and tricks with other staff members helps us be a better team.
Describe your best day at the Library of Virginia.
It’s always the best day when a patron is elated by what they find or I can provide a solution to an issue no matter how small. I also enjoy repairing the microfilm when it breaks!
What was your first paid job?
I worked at a Plant Nursery over the summers when I was in college.
What would people be surprised to find out about you?
I love transcribing! I’m fascinated by reading old handwriting, it’s like solving a mystery!