The Health Sciences Library blog and newsletter would like to extend a belated by heartfelt welcome to one of our newest employees, Shaun Baber! Shaun grew up in Missoula, Montana, attending college at Montana State University. She began her library career as a student worker for MSU Libraries, working at the campus libraries for four and a half years. That job set her on her library career path, but it was a while before she realized what an impact it was going to have! After graduation from MSU, she worked as an ILL technician for the University of Montana’s Mansfield Library. Two years of this kind of work led to the decision to pursue a Masters in Library Science.
Shaun is a massive Anglophile and wanted to “live across the pond”, so she applied to MLS programs in England, eventually accepting an offer at London Metropolitan University. She lived in London for a year and a half, and had the time of her life! One of her best experiences was the time spent working for King’s College London in the Maughan Library. She thoroughly enjoyed her Master’s program, learned an incredible amount, and had the opportunity to do a lot of amazing things, including a work placement at the British Film Institute. She wrote her dissertation about how the BBC and the British Film Institute National Archive index their multimedia collections, and the effect that has on user access. She thoroughly enjoyed the whole process, and is proud of what she produced.
Alas, her time abroad came to an end, and she moved to Denver when her Visa expired, and began looking for library work. It took a while, but she eventually got the Library Technician I position here at the Health Sciences Library, and she feels it has been a great experience so far. She loves libraries, the work culture and helping people. HSL, she says, has “been a very good fit for me, professionally and personally.” When she’s not fostering her love of libraries, she is usually out for a run, or “binge watching British television series.”
[Amanda Langdon, Library Technician]