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Renee Gorrell has been Library Director at Barnes-Jewish College for over nine years.
What do you consider your biggest challenge in your job?
The Goldfarb School of Nursing Library is a mostly digital environment, as are so many other libraries today. I’m extremely comfortable navigating through our online resources, but our access to those resources can be a challenge, especially from off-campus. The hospital is our “parent” institution, and we are bound by their VERY strict regulations regarding remote online access.
What’s your favorite part of your job?
I love working with college students, plus the field of medicine fascinates me. Helping undergrad and graduate nursing students with their research… Perfect! Although…the first year I was here, I became quite a hypochondriac, convinced I was suffering from everything I helped them find and research.
What SLA event are you most looking forward to this year?
At the national level, I always look forward to the annual conference (this year in Boston!). There are valuable sessions and learning opportunities, but the overall networking atmosphere and being able to catch up on new library trends is every bit as valuable. It’s fun to spot other St. Louis SLA members in the busy vendor hall, or perhaps in passing at one of the many receptions. The “recap” meeting our local chapter does when the conference is over is a fun time to share those experiences with other members.
What book are you currently reading?
I’m in the middle of a series by Hugh Howey, the Silo series. The first book in the series is Wool; I could hardly put it down. My favorite subgenre lately is the whole postapocalyptic category. (Walking Dead is my current favorite TV show, too.) I’m ready for the end of the world!
What’s your favorite metro St. Louis area restaurant/food/landmark?
I love places with outdoor patios – being outside in the summer is paradise. Winter makes me cranky!
Lastly, how can people connect with you?
LinkedIn: Renee Gorrell
Email: reneegorrell (at) sbcglobal (dot) net