Since you have only been at WPI for a few weeks, what have you found interesting? The thing that’s really impressed me and that I have found interesting at WPI is the non-stop variety and level of activity here: from research talks and community events, to dance classes, pick-up sports, concerts, and celebrations. It makes you want to jump in with both feet. At the same time, everyone I’ve met is really grounded, friendly, and willing to share; and the library staff is truly remarkable: creative, smart, experienced, fun, and very dedicated. I also have to mention the special WPI lore I’m learning about: from the old gymnasium grotesques to the ghost of Higgins House to Gompei the goat. I’ve always liked goats, so I feel right at home with Gompei!
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I always have a few writing projects going on and I also love planning trips with my husband to the nearest city to hear great jazz artists.
What is your favorite book or movie?
That’s really hard. Can I do both? Book: Richard Powers’ Plowing the Dark. It’s unique – a beautiful narrative about virtual reality, captivity, memory, and art. Movie: a tie between Wonder Boys and Enlightenment Guaranteed (Erleuchtung Garantiert). They both make me laugh.
What food do you wish had zero calories?
That’s easy: Vanilla milk shake with a touch of chocolate syrup.
What is on your “bucket list”?
My husband and I want to walk the West Highland Way in Scotland ending in Inverness when their annual piping events are happening. Write a book on what the architect Christopher Alexander calls “pattern languages” in library design – both physical and virtual architecture and finally learn to play the clarinet.
Check out the library staff page for Anna’s professional profile: https://web.wpi.edu/academics/library/about/staff.html