Our “Star of the Week” today was chosen from our First Time Attendee Profiles for the 2010 Charleston Conference.

Name: Cynthia L. Peterson
Job Title:
Director of Library Services
Organization: East Texas Baptist University
Email: [email protected]
Website: http://www.etbu.edu/Library/

Born and Lived: Born Baytown, Texas but moved around a lot while I was growing up, as well as an adult.  Those places were: Crosby, TX; Highlands, TX; South Houston, TX; Springfield, MO; Bensenville, IL; Valhalla, NY; Brookfield, CT; Itasca, IL; Mars Hill, NC; Waco, TX; Plano, TX, Dallas, TX; Richardson, TX; Mars Hill, NC; Arkadelphia, AR; Dallas, TX; Bluefield, VA; Hallsville, TX.

Professional Career and Activities: Have a B.A. in Music from Mars Hill College (NC) and a B.S.Ed. from Baylor University.  Received my M.L.S. at S.L.I.S., North Texas State University (now University of North Texas).  1979-83: Taught 4th grade in Richardson (TX) ISD, 1983-84: Librarian, Wylie Public Library (Wylie, TX); 1984-89: Instructional Librarian/Music Library Coordinator, Mars Hill College (Mars Hill, NC); 1989-90: Head of Cataloging, Henderson State University, Arkadelphia, AR; 1990-1997: Head of Cataloging/Asst. Manager then Manager of Database Development & Control, UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas Library (Dallas, TX); 1997-2000: Director of Library Services, Bluefield College (Bluefield, VA); 2000-present: Director of Library Services, East Texas Baptist University (Marshall, TX)

Family: I am fortunate to still have both of my parents, who live with me and my two cats, Baylor and Misti.  I have two younger sisters, two brothers-in-law, one niece who just had her first child, and two nephews.

In My Spare Time: I read, write, listen to music and occasionally do needlework, quilting and sewing.  I’m also a member of my church choir.

Favorite Books: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee and Christy by Catherine Marshall are my two all-time favorites.  I’m an avid reader of mysteries and thrillers and enjoy many of the more well-known series authors in that genre.  I’m also a big fan of Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series because we can all use a good laugh every now and then.

Pet Peeves: Sneakiness and dishonesty.

Philosophy: My philosophy of life comes from my personal relationship with and faith in Jesus Christ.  I try to follow his teachings by approaching all aspects of life with love for others, building up rather than tearing down.

Most Memorable Career Achievement: At this point probably presenting at this conference.  However, I will say that being nominated for both Who’s Who of American Women and Who’s Who of America several years ago was pretty satisfying.

Goal I Hope To Achieve Five Years from Now: I still want to get a doctorate in higher education leadership – if I can find the time to do it!

How/Where Do I See the Industry in Five Years?: I see a continued move to more and more digital products, although I really don’t think that traditional print books will be totally gone for a very long time, if ever.  However, I see us looking at electronic resources in a less specialized way – by that I mean that it’s now simply another format that still need librarians for efficient ways to organize, deliver, and access.  To a great extent it is that way already – I’m less worried about the format as I am where the information is – I approach the finding of information by looking at a variety of resources across a variety of formats now and it doesn’t matter to me where I find it as long as I find it.  The way we find information and how it’s presented expands, but the basic principles of using information remain the same and will continue to do so.