Marathon County Public Library is extending its observance of National Library Week (April 10-16) throughout the month of April by highlighting its employees through a series of staff profiles! Now through April 30, learn a little bit about the personnel at our nine MCPL locations, and feel free to give them a friendly "hello" next time you see them!
Name: Marsha Y.
Job title: Branch Coordinator
MCPL Location: Hatley
Time Worked at MCPL: 3 years
What are some of your main job responsibilities?
I am responsible for the overall administration of the Hatley Branch Library in accordance with MCPL policies, procedures and mission. I and the staff assistants perform any and all tasks that may be necessary for the branch to provide quality resources and services for patrons. I act as liaison for patrons, MCPL and the wider community.
Describe yourself in three words.
Curious, helpful and empathetic.
What book(s) are you currently reading?
After studying literature as an undergrad, I am now mostly a reader of non-fiction. I just finished linguist Deborah Tannen’s book on communication You Just Don’t Understand, which explores how differing communication styles often results in conflict. Also, I’m reading M. Levine’s Ameritopia: The Unmaking of America, which explores the philosophy and philosophers of utopian societies and the way they differ with the values and ideals of America.
What’s your favorite part of your job?
I love the “atmosphere” of the library and always have. I love books, information and learning. I also enjoy the interaction with and helping meet patron needs. In this position, you are able to get to know your customers in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.
What is your ideal vacation? Where would you go and what would you do there?
I love to travel learning about the history, art, culture and people of different places. My first international trip was a semester studying at the University of London. I identify Great Britain (besides the USA) as my soul land, a place that is comfortable, exiting and interesting each time I visit.
What are some of your pet peeves?
When tools break or don’t work, since I am “repair challenged” and this interferes with my plans. Losing, more specifically misplacing things, is also aggravating until I locate the object.
In what way(s) have you seen MCPL positively impact or transform either a patron’s life or the community at large?
Knowledge, education and learning are powerful and enjoyable all at the same time. MCPL provides open access to the world and free to anyone who wants to explore.
What’s one food item you absolutely cannot resist?
A great burger with everything on it!
How do you think MCPL will continue to transform in the future?
I believe that MCPL will continue to grow and develop in all areas which will be necessary to provide quality resources, assistance, and service to our patrons. MCPL works diligently to be a responsive and relevant resource for all those it serves.
image credit: Image by Marathon County Public Library staff.