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Friday, September 30, 2005


Jennifer Stone joins Gleason Public Library staff

Jennifer Stone (Photo by Ellen Huber)

Two weeks ago, Gleason Public Library (GPL) welcomed a new research and reference librarian, Jennifer Stone, who comes to Carlisle from Maine. Stone holds a B.A. in Creative Art from Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, and an M.S. in Library and Information Sciences from the University of South Carolina (USC).

Her path to the Gleason from Maine includes a Carlisle connection that allowed her to become familiar with the town: her parents lived here for ten years, while her younger sister attended the Carlisle Middle School and Concord-Carlisle High School. During this time, Stone was in college and out in the world. After graduating from Rollins in 1988, she looked for graphic design jobs, but eventually landed an administrative job with the Museum of Fine Arts instead. Romance bloomed there, and led her to a job as a guidance department secretary in a high school in Maine. Her principal took a job in another Maine high school and hired her there as the school librarian. To become certified, she embarked on a challenging four-year master's degree program called a cohort program, in which candidates used the University of Maine's Interactive Television systems to connect to USC for their courses in Library and Information Sciences. They would meet with professors personally twice a year in Augusta, Maine.

Recently, Stone moved to Nashua, New Hampshire, and applied for the job in Carlisle, to continue to "work with students, helping them with research and reference services," and to assist the other members of a community whom she finds "friendly and wonderful." She stays abreast of today's vast field of information by reading a number of journals and other materials, and subscribing to the Librarians' Index to the Internet, which is prepared by librarians and offers a weekly e-newsletter full of web sites and resources.

Asked if she had anything to add at the end of the interview, Stone displayed a wide, friendly smile and said, "Come in and use the library." And when you do, be sure to meet Jennifer Stone.

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