The St. Louis SLA chapter is beginning a blog series to highlight chapter members, including their experiences in the field of librarianship and time with SLA. We hope to provide an opportunity to share wisdom, articulate the value of SLA, and help you get to know other members of the chapter. If you’d like to participate in this series or have a suggestion for an area librarian we should feature, please let us know at email@example.com.
Corie Dugas is the Outreach and Public Services Librarian for the Vincent C. Immel Law Library at St. Louis University and recently accepted the position of Public Relations Chair for our SLA chapter.
What’s your favorite part of your job?
As an outreach librarian, I am able to work outside the walls of the library. I like that my job allows me to interact with people from the public library, the court systems, attorneys, and lots of others. My job changes all of the time, but it is an amazingly fun challenge to adapt to what is needed at that moment.
What’s the one piece of advice you would tell someone new to the field?
Everything is relevant in libraries! Even if you are new to the library world, remember that all those years working retail or waiting tables really prepared you for the customer service portion of library work. Also, don’t be afraid of new things. The library keeps changing, you must be able to adapt if this is your chosen field. Don’t try to fight technology; learn to use it.
What do you value about SLA?
I appreciate that the St. Louis Metro SLA chapter is very active! With a variety of social and educational events, this organization appeals to all of the area librarians. I like knowing that in one month I can go on a library tour, play trivia, and hear an author speak.
What book(s) are you currently reading?
I’m always reading more than one! Right now:
The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon – I love a good thriller!
Mine Till Midnight by Lisa Kleypas – Historical romance makes for a great beach read!
Methland by Nick Reding – I keep picking this up for a few pages at a time. A fascinating read about the history of methamphetamine in the Midwest.
What’s your favorite metro St. Louis area restaurant/food/landmark?
My favorite places in St. Louis are all beverage stops. Mississippi Mud for coffee, Bailey’s Range for shakes, and Planter’s House for cocktails.
What city (or library) would you love to visit?
I would love to see The Walker Library of the History of Human Imagination. An amazingly creative library dedicated to the imagination!
Lastly, how can people connect with you? (LinkedIn, email, Twitter, etc)
Email is the best way to reach me: firstname.lastname@example.org. I also do Facebook for SLU Law Library and tweet for STLSLA!