New Staff at HSL: SaraMarie Bottaro

bottaro_headshotSaraMarie Bottaro is a new Access Services Specialist at the Health Sciences Library. In her role, she keeps track of the library’s laptops and other circulating electronics and helps with library advertising and social media in a graphic design/copy-writing capacity.

Though she grew up in San Diego, California, previous to moving to Colorado to work at CU Anschutz, SaraMarie was living in Boston where she earned her two bachelor’s degrees in Peace and Justice Studies and Studio Art from Tufts University and the Museum School respectively.

During her undergraduate career she worked as a work-study student in the Fletcher School of Diplomacy’s Edwin Ginn Memorial Library, where she learned the nitty gritty of circulation procedures and fell in love with working in libraries. This love of working in libraries was put into perspective for her during time working at a tech startup in downtown Boston. The people and the office-provided snacks were wonderful but the work was not for her.

SaraMarie is thrilled to be utilizing her illustration and design skills in her work on the library’s Advertising and Social Media Task Force Committees. Working at the desk is also a big plus for her, as she enjoys making sure patrons have the best experience possible when they walk in.

In her free time, SaraMarie runs her commission-based art business, knits, writes letters, drinks tea and has just begun to practice judo.

Featured Staff Bio at HSL: Dana Abbey”

abby-dana-04-2x3-color1Dana Abbey:

While pursuing my undergraduate degree, I needed to find a position where I worked only nights and weekends. I was lucky enough to land a position at a public library, and continued to work there another 13 years. During those years, I earned my Masters in Library Science, worked in nearly every library department, and held supervisory and management positions. After leaving the public library, I worked for several years in drug testing and served as a library consultant.

For the past 10 years I have worked for the Health Sciences Library in a program sponsored by the National Library of Medicine (NLM) called the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM). I am a regional coordinator for community engagement, which means I work with those who need health information – from physicians, to librarians, to community-based organizations, to community members. I travel throughout the state, learning about communities and developing ways to address their health information needs.

I never thought about a career in libraries, but was glad I stayed in the library field!