This week as we get back into the rhythm of the semester, we will be highlighting the Busse Library staff, focusing on a different staff member each day.
Today we'd like you to meet Robyn Clark-Bridges, one of the librarians on staff.
1. What is your role in the library?
I am the Reference and Interlibrary Loan Librarian as well as liaison to the portal classes and the philosophy, psychology, religion, social work, and sociology departments.
2. What does your role typically include?
It typically includes helping students find resources, processing ILL requests that come from you, our students and faculty, coordinating all the ILL requests from other libraries, as well as doing class presentations and providing citation assistance. My class visits are often sharing basic library 101 and informing students of the services that we offer.
3. What do you like to do when you aren’t at work?
Gardening! I am a master gardener and am part of a team who waters and weeds Newbo's community garden and the Noelridge public gardens on a weekly basis. If I'm not there then I am tending to the garden beds outside of Busse Library (look for the little metal signs). I am also politically active and work with the Iowa Democratic party's central committees at the county, district, and state levels. When I'm not gardening at home, I'm assisting my disabled spouse or playing with our two miniature schnauzer puppies.
4. What have you been reading/listening/watching recently?
I enjoy watching Seth Meyers's and Stephen Colbert's takes on the news, various PBS historic academic lecture series, and binge-watching various series like Midsomer Murders.