Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Meet the Staff

How does working in the LITC stack-up against other summer jobs? Let’s find out…

David Charles Grosser Merriman

Height: 6ft 1(1/2)inches
Favorite Book:
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller / A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole

When entering the LITC this summer you may find yourself asking, “Who is that tall guy with the IPOD clipped to his Khaki shorts?” That’s David Merriman! A rising sophomore at Furman University, David came to us this summer in order to earn money for a study abroad trip to Costa Rica. “It’s part of a biology program. We’ll be going through different kinds of Costa Rican rainforest studying ecosystems,” David explained. We promptly put him to work. Even though day classes aren't in session there is still plenty to do. We're always trying to make the library better, and summer provides the staff with an opportunity to tackle projects that should help things run a little bit smoother in the fall. David has been a big help, moving shelves, sorting mail and counting microfiche. “Counting the microfiche is my project for the summer. It’s going. As far as the progress I’ve made, it’s about a fourth of the way done.” Part-timing at the LITC is David's second gig. In the mornings he can be found around campus working with the Coker College Physical Plant. The library provides him with a much needed break from the physical demand of hauling, trimming, lugging and cutting. “In terms of the opposing nature of the two, the library is a lot less labor intensive, and it’s not as easy to get dirty. It [LITC] is not a stressful job and it’s a pleasant work environment."

David’s Library Summer Job Survival Tips:

  • “Be on time.”
  • “When counting Microfiche be careful because the edges are a bit sharp.”
  • “If you’re going to be doing tedious works, such as shelf reading, bring an IPOD to keep yourself focused and awake. You’ll need something to work to. I’ve got some AC/DC, some Bob Dylan, there’s some Scottish music and some Weird Al Yankovic. It’s sort of a mixed bag.

1 comment:

  1. Great job, Donnie. Nice to see David has an eclectic taste in music.