The library staff are pleased to report the George C. Gordon Library at WPI is a terrific place to work. How do we know? Staff stick around for a while! The following are being recognized today for their contributions and for long service at WPI.
35 Years: Don Richardson, Associate Director for Technology and E-Resource Management
Starting as a reference librarian in 1977, Don began his WPI career teaching students use the old fashioned card catalog to find books. Over the years he has worked to implement many technological advances, most recently working last summer to roll out the new Summon/All search on the library website.
25 Years: Martha Gunnarson, Electronic Resources Librarian
Otherwise known as ‘the magic wizard behind the curtain,’ she manages access to print journals, eJournals, and eBooks through the library catalog, eResources Portal, and in Summon. With this effort, users can seamlessly get to the information they need, without even knowing the WPI Library is behind the full text magic trick.
20 Years: Debbie Bockus, Assistant Director, Access Services
Debbie administers and directs the operation of the Access Services Department with much energy and a stream of creative ideas. Her midnight brainstorms, shared with staff, ensure the library is an innovative and productive space for students and staff alike. She oversees Interlibrary Loan staff, who make certain faculty and students get timely access to articles and books borrowed from other libraries. Her work involves hiring and managing 50+ students who work at the library each year.
20 Years: Joan Dickert, Administrative Assistant
Joan has kept the library admistration in line for many years. Joan keeps an eagle eye on our library accounts and patron count statistics. She tracks many details behind the scenes. Joan is an active member of the New York Times Bestseller selection committee. She collects reviews, analyze circulation trends, and knows the reader’s choices. She’s also an amazing seamstress and one of the best bakers in the world, and sure knows how to organize a party.
Thanks to these staff members for their many, many contributions over the years.