title: Assistant Professor
organization: Appalachian State University
address: Belk Library, PO Box 32026, Boone, NC 28608
born and lived: early life: Born in Columbia, SC, attended Sweet Briar College in Virginia and graduated from the University of South Carolina
professional career and activities: Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from the University of South Carolina. Worked at the College of Charleston as a reference and instruction librarian for four years, then accepted a position at Appalachian State University as the Instruction Outreach Librarian in 2001. After receiving master’s degree in Appalachian Studies appointed Assistant Professor in 2006 and am currently working in the Belk Library and Information Commons as an Information Literacy Librarian.
family: three girls, Elizabeth Kassebaum at the College of Charleston, Lucy Sackett in Greensboro, Mary Boykin Griffith in Murrell’s Inlet, and five grandchildren.
in my spare time: (what spare time?) Reading history, historical and spy novels, and knitting.
favorite books: lately, Shelby Foote’s Civil War, the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon, and Alan Furst’s spy novels set just before WWII with Hitler bearing down on Europe.
pet peeves: supercilious people and house and garden work
philosophy: carpe diem
most memorable career achievement: my recently published book Appalachian Travel: The Diary of Olive DameCampbell (Editor’s note: this week’s “ATG Book of the Week” )
goal I hope to achieve five years from now: another book
how/where do I see the industry in five years: Going electronic for most journals and news (unfortunately) and for less-than-eternal books, but the classics and really good stuff will still be in print. Libraries will be community spaces, a place to meet and greet, both in academia and out.
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