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SPOTLIGHT on Alumni

This is the first installment in a series which will SPOTLIGHT St. Lawrence alumni who have become or are studying to become librarians. 

Raurri Jennings '08

What was your class year at St. Lawrence?

2008

What was your major/minor?

I majored in English and had a few minors that I'm not sure I declared: Sociology, Music, and Environmental Studies.  Dr. Michael Farley paid me a high compliment once and said I was, "truly living the life of the mind," during my time at St. Lawrence.

Did you work in any of the St. Lawrence libraries?  If so, when, where, what department?

From 2005-2008, I worked at ODY at first at the circulation desk and then a little bit in cataloging.  My responsibilities consisted of checking books in and out, shelving books, shelf reading, labeling books, and checking authority records.  I'm forever grateful for the experience and the encouragement of the library staff.

Why did you decide to become a librarian?

After working at ODY, I knew that there was no other place I’d rather work than in a library.  After almost a decade of working in the field, I still enjoy getting lost in the stacks and the peace and quiet that comes with the job.  After transitioning from public services to technical services in libraries, I discovered that I also really enjoy the problem-solving and detective work that the job often entails.  And of course, all of the wonderful people I get the chance to work with and work for each day.

At what school are you studying for your library degree?  When do you expect to graduate?

I am currently enrolled as a part-time student in the Masters of Information Science program at SUNY Albany.  I hope to graduate in 2018. 

Are you working while in school?  If so, please provide a line or two describing your responsibilities.

I am!  For close to two years, I have worked for the New York State Library in the Cataloging Unit as a Library Technical Assistant.  I have cataloged everything from New York State documents to newspaper microfilm to monographs.  Most recently, I had the pleasure of cataloging a collection of books for Manuscripts and Special Collections, which were owned by the folk singer, Jean Ritchie.