Friday, April 23, 2004
Check it out: A glimpse at the Gleason Library staff
While books, computers, magazines, and other media draw people to the library, it is the ambiance of the beautiful building and the helpful nature of the staff that keep people coming back. Here are brief profiles of the staff members at the Gleason Public Library.
While most of the staff takes part in most phases of the library work, we each have our "specialties." Some of my responsibilities at Gleason Library include ordering supplies, training new circulation staff, designing signs and posters, and managing the tapes and CDs that we borrow from the Northern Massachusetts Regional Library System. I enjoy the time that I spend at the children's desk and designing some of the children's displays. If you come into the library and find we've moved things around, you may have me to blame for this, too, as I try to manage the amount of material on our shelves.
Shelagh Tomaino: I have worked at the Gleason Public Library for three years. Previously, I worked at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell in the Office of Community Service developing and launching one of the premiere university-supported Learning in Retirement Programs. I worked for eight years at the Bentley College Graduate School of Business recruiting, traveling, marketing, and managing admissions for the MBA program and various Master of Science degree programs. I have also taught career- development courses at the University of Massachusetts. My husband and I were co-chairs of the Massachusetts Special Olympics Volunteers in the mid 1990s. I have a BSBA in finance from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst; an MBA from the University of Notre Dame in Indiana; and post graduate work in Higher Education Administration from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. My husband and I have two children and are expecting our third in the spring. [Shelagh's baby, a girl, Ella Grace, was born on Saturday, April 17.]
Scott McLachlan: I've been at the Gleason Library for about three years while also working toward and receiving a master's degree in Library and Information Science from Simmons. Primarily I work on the reference desk answering many different types of questions which range from things such as finding out the number of automobile crashes at a particular intersection, finding out what band had the most number-one chart hits in one year, searching for books similar to previously read favorites, looking up background information on plays and operas that are about to be seen, and many other interesting questions. I also attend to other varied duties.
The best thing about my job is its incredible variety. It is primarily a "people" job but also requires close attention to details and strong research skills. (No, we do not read books all day and the pace can be quite hectic!) I work with patrons of all ages, from toddlers to high school students to adults. Pre-schoolers energize me with their delight in the world around them. It is challenging but rewarding to find a book that will appeal to the reluctant reader as well as the child who has literally read all of the books in the Junior room. I must also consider the information needs of children and their parents with respect to school assignments. These many aspects of my job require constant balancing of our patrons' needs with the library's resources, but the effort pays rich dividends. Matching the right book with the right reader can open up a new world and make anyone smile.
Shirley Pearlman: I came to the Gleason Public Library eight years ago, after realizing that I was not ready for retirement. I was able to bring my 28 years of experience as a public school librarian at both the elementary and high school levels. Being part of the many changes that have taken place since I've been here has been both exciting and rewarding. While most of my time is spent doing circulation, I have also been able to do some story-time programs — something I really enjoy.
Sukie Reed: I am a library assistant II. I have been with the library since the opening of the renovated building in 2000. I work primarily at circulation, but often cover the children's desk. My behind-the-scene tasks include cataloging and preparing our DVDs for circulation. I also specialize in repairing and mending books and other library items.
Constance Manoli-Skocay: I work at the Gleason Public Library's reference desk and also function as the library's archivist and local historian. I hold master's degrees in U.S. History and Library and Information Science. I also serve as the archivist for the Carlisle Historical Society.
Kay Edelberg: I have always loved libraries and worked in one at Skidmore College where I received a BA in English Literature. After graduation, I taught language arts for six years in the upper elementary grades, a background which has helped define my "niche" at the Gleason Library. In the 21 years that I've worked here, I've participated in 20 different summer programs and 19 years of storytimes. I particularly enjoy the reference aspect of my job as well as the daily contact with Carlisle patrons.
My husband Murray and I moved to Carlisle 30 years ago, and our daughter, Lise, grew up here. When not working at the library, I take care of Sophie and Ben, my one-and-a-half-year-old twin grandchildren who live in Brookline.
Deena Scaperotta: I am a fairly recent addition to the Town
of Carlisle and to the staff of the Gleason Public Library. I moved
to Carlisle from Boston with my husband and two school-age children
in 2001. The move felt right; we have enjoyed our adjustment to living
in Carlisle. Before I had children, I worked in libraries for about
ten years, including university, architecture, design, and public libraries.
When I saw a Gleason Library job listing in the Mosquito, I knew right
away that I should apply for the position. I started working part-time
this past summer in circulation and children's. I think the town is
fortunate to have such a beautifully designed building and I am enjoying
working again with the diverse collection of a public library.
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