Valarie Prescott Adams
Title: Cataloging Coordinator
Organization: University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Born and Lived: Born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and lived most of my life in Flintstone, Georgia, a beautiful rural area about 5 miles south of Chattanooga. I lived in Panama City, Florida, for 3 years and Biloxi, Mississippi, for 3 years when I worked as a contractor for the US Air Force.
Professional Career and Activities: My first career was as a graphics illustrator. My undergraduate degree is in Commercial Art. Then I became a librarian. I got my MSLS while working as a copy cataloger at UTC, then moved into a tenure-track position. I’m very active in the Chattanooga Area Library Association and the Tennessee Library Association.
Family: My immediate family is my dog, Bridget, a Norwegian Elkhound, but I’m very fortunate to have my Mom, sister, and brother living very close to me.
In My Spare Time: I spend a lot of time digging in the dirt, so please don’t look at my fingernails too closely! I create rock gardens, read mostly genre fiction, hike in state parks, and collect rocks.
Favorite Books: Anything by Lois McMaster Bujold, James Lee Burke, Diana Gabaldon, Jacqueline Carey, and Sarah Addison Allen. My all-time favorite book is Shards of Honor by Lois McMaster Bujold.
Pet Peeves: Arriving home to discover that my fast food order is wrong!
Why do restaurants always assume that hot and spicy is the way all people like their food?!
Why is the Travel Channel all about food and ghosts now?!
Philosophy: From the great philosopher Cicero: If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need. Also… just breathe.
Most Memorable Career Achievement: Presenting at a national conference (Charleston is my first)
Goal I Hope to Achieve Five Years from Now: I’ve decided just recently that I would really like to start working on a second Masters.
I also want to get a Master Gardener certification.
How/Where I See the Industry in Five Years: In December, I will have been a librarian for 20 years and every year has seen something new. I don’t expect anything to be static.