Featured Member: Carrie Marten

Carrie 12.9.13Carrie S.E. Marten is Resource Sharing Librarian at Purchase College, State University of New York.

What are you reading or listening to today?
I am reading materials for my Metaliteracy MOOC, The Crucible by Arthur Miller (just finished), Longbourn by Jo Baker, The Necessary Death of Lewis Winter by Malcolm Mackay, the Fall 2013 CLS Newsletter, a generous collection of board and picture books with my children (Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle is a current favorite).  We are currently listening to My Fair Lady (original cast recording) and holiday CDs, either sung by Bing Crosby or Celtic in nature, in the car.

What’s the best part of your work day?
I have several favorites.  Mornings are pretty good for getting things done.  The patrons keep every day interesting.  You never know what questions you will get from day to day.  And, while some days are more challenging than others, I really like the fact that no day is exactly the same as any other.  I have been in my current position for seven years now and it is partly the daily variety of tasks, events, etc. that make me continue to love being a librarian.

What are you most excited about right now (library-related or otherwise)?
All things related to metaliteracy.  I am currently taking a Metaliteracy MOOC, http://metaliteracy.cdlprojects.com/, and am enjoying learning all the facets to it and figuring out how to incorporate the concepts into my reference desk shifts, instruction sessions and discovering how to better engage with my colleagues within the profession.  Also, I am interested in Pinterest and how faculty are incorporating it into their college classes, especially now that folks like David McCandless (Information is Beautiful) are finding creative ways to visualize data and information.

How has your membership in CLS helped you?
Primarily through the listserv.  It is an excellent way to connect with my colleagues on matters that relate directly to small college libraries. The listserv makes it easy to reach out to this community when you have a unique issue  or concern that you need feedback on.

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