- I like researching stuff--the weirder, the better.
- After teaching community college English composition classes part-time for three years I wanted to slit my wrists. Seriously. I didn't choose an English undergrad and a M.F.A. in Poetry so that I could read terrible writing for 30 years.
- I like helping people--the weirder, the better.
- Some of the qualities that made me a decent teacher make me an even better librarian: I'm patient, I break a long process down into smaller steps, I'm funny; not stuffy.
- I looked forward to helping my students research their papers, but I rarely, if ever, looked forward to reading their papers.
Once I began working in a library I discovered that:
- I have some pretty awesome "people skills." People like to talk to me and I like talking to them.
- I feel that I'm a little bit of a detective. Finding the answer to a tough research question is a little like solving a mystery.
- The bizarro element of working in a library makes me laugh more than it freaks me out. I have great stories to tell at cocktail parties.