Meet Jasmine Woodson, Library Staff Member in the Access Services Department

You might say that working in Paley Library is the perfect place for Jasmine Woodson.  She loves to learn and she loves to assist others in their learning.  Jasmine has worked   as a bibliographic assistant in the access services department since 2011, where she primarily manages our E-ZBorrow inter library loan system.  She processes the requests that other institutions make for our materials, and makes sure our patrons get their requested research materials.  As night supervisor in circulation, she spends time at the service desk, and enjoys the patron interaction.  Jasmine also has taken on hours at the reference desk and teaches English 802 library workshops, and is grateful for the opportunity to help others as well as improve her skills in those areas.

Working on a university campus, of course offers additional learning opportunities, like taking classes and attending lectures.  She is working toward a master’s degree in English to go along with her undergraduate degree in English and masters in Library Science, both from the University of Pittsburgh.  Her attendance at the CHAT lectures has expanded her interest in the digital humanities.

Jasmine enjoys working at Paley Library.  She came here from Carnegie Mellon University, where she held a similar position, but she says it was not the same type of work environment.  At Paley she values the interaction she has with her colleagues, admiring their innovation and work ethic.  Her department is very supportive and encourages participation in library activities, such as the public services retreat.   Recently, it was announced by interim dean Carol Lang that Jasmine was awarded the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) 2013 Library Support Staff scholarship which will allow her to attend and participate in their upcoming national conference this April, an impressive start to her aspirations to be more involved in the library profession.  Jasmine looks forward to this professional development opportunity, not only for her own self improvement, but she also hopes to use the knowledge and skills gained in assisting our library patrons.

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