TS-SIS Long-Time Member Profile:
Head of Technical Services
Pace University Law Library
White Plains, New York
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Place And Date Of Birth
Queens, NYC; 2/3/48
- B.A. 1969 Marymount Manhattan College. French.
- M.S.L.S. 1972 Simmons College.
Reading, gardening, family history, embroidery, collecting quotes,
eating out and attempting to find time for exercise. Oh, and TV! I love
the home improvement and cooking shows.
Inspiration For Becoming A Law Librarian
I was looking for a job in Westchester,when I came to Pace Law for an
interview. I spent some time talking to Bardie Wolfe, who intrigued me
with his brilliance and homespun manner.
Bardie and his successor Nick
Triffin were wonderful teachers and generous with their time and
professional help. Everyone who worked at this Library in the 23 years
that I have been here has been like family to me. It’s an
Current Position Challenges
Dealing with the challenges of electronic subscriptions and databases.
Give me a simple (?) book or periodical any day!
I always loved books and reading and was thrilled to work
at the Librarie de France in NYC right out of college. I knew French
Lit inside and out and was ordering books from France and Spain for
libraries and individuals. I worked with an internationally diverse
staff: people from Africa, North Africa, Cuba, South America and
Europe. It was fascinating and fun. And I lovedworking with ordering
The next step was library school where I learned that there was
more to libraries than books. My first professional job was with the
H.W. Wilson Co. indexing for Reader’s Guide. Where else could
you get paid for reading popular magazines? I was eager however to work
in an academic library and was happy to move to an Acquisitions
Position at the University of New Haven, where I managed to do a little
of almost everything and learn what a wonderful and varied job academic
librarianship could be.
'Crazy' Non-Professional Activity
I went to a cemetery after a snowfall to find and photograph a grave
for Find-a-Grave, a website that lists thousands of locations of the
graves of the famous and not so famous. I nearly contracted frostbite
in my toes and had to rub the snow off many gravestones to find the one
I was looking for. If there were signs or plot numbers they were hidden
by the snow.
After my family, it would be reading mystery stories. It’s
become a sickness.
Earliest Childhood Memory
Playing in our tiny apartment while my mother did housework.
Where In Five Years?
I hope that my husband and I will have time to
travel when our sons are finished with their college educations. Maybe
retirement, who knows? Whatever may happen, I hope to be busy with my
new grandniece, with my family history research, with my garden and of
course, with more mysteries. And, I hope I’ll have time to reread
my favorite authors: Nevil Shute, Angela Thirkell and Patrick
- ALA for 33 years
- AALL for 23 years
- New York Technical Services Librarians for 10 years