Friday, July 24, 2009

Meet the Staff

Nancy T. Matthews
Height: 5ft 6inches
Favorite Book: The Monster at the End of this Book by Jon Stone and Illustrated by Michael Smollin

“Growing up I always knew I wanted to be a teacher or work in a library, that’s just me.”

When entering the LITC you may find yourself asking, “What’s the name of that sweet looking woman with the glasses and the short-bob haircut?” That’s Nancy T. Matthews, Acquisitions/ Cataloging Coordinator! To put it simply, she buys the books. Nancy is an integral part of the LITC team, stretching money, ordering library materials, and getting them ready for the shelves. Earlier this year Nancy took on responsibility for the Coker College Archives. The job is tough and the hardest part is ongoing. Nancy has to determine how to organize Archives, sorting through Coker artifacts, deciding what to keep while trying to consider what would best serve the college and its history. Organizing the past isn’t all dust induced headaches and arctic room temperatures. “It’s been fun because I was a student here," says Nancy. "I’m running across things that happened while I was attending Coker, pictures, names and newsletters, memos.” Nancy graduated from Coker in ‘76 returning to work at the college in ‘84. Going through the Archives allows Nancy a more intimate look at the institution, how Coker had changed during her 8 year absence, and how fast technology has evolved in the 2 and a half decades she has served the college. “If you have to work, which I do, it is very nice to work in an atmosphere like the Library provides – flexibility, there has been chance for promotion through the years, and great people.” Last week Nancy celebrated 25 years in the academic library business with cake in the LITC break-room, treating her co-workers to stories of her Alma Mater and how things have changed.

Nancy’s Library Survival Tips:
  • “Have a fan in the winter and a sweater in the summer. I’ve been here 25 years and they still haven’t gotten the air right.”

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