Walk into Gutman Library and chances are the first thing you hear is a warm, “Hello, welcome to the library!” Meg Leister, the friendly face behind the Circulation Desk, greets each patron with a smile, immediately jumping into action to help find what they need.
If you aren’t greeted by Meg, it’s one of the library student workers, who she hires, trains, and supports. We sat down with Meg to learn about how long she’s been at Jefferson, what motivates her to keep coming back every day, and what she thinks are the best-kept secrets about the library.
Q: How long have you been working at Jefferson?
It will be nine years this August. I’ve always worked in the Gutman Library.
Q: What is your favorite thing about working in the library?
Hands down, my favorite thing about working in the library is interacting with the students. The best is when we have student workers who work here all four years of college, they become a part of our group! It’s always sad when they graduate and leave, but it’s great to have students who come back year after year. We get to see them grow.
Q: Do you keep in touch with any of the students after graduation?
Yes! I try to keep in touch with them. Some will ask me to write job recommendations. It’s fun to see where they end up.
Q: What is the best-kept secret or resource for students here at the library that people may not know?
I think students don’t always take advantage of the fact that there is a librarian who is a liaison to their discipline and who they can contact at any time set up a one-on-one appointment. In addition to the reference support that’s available, it’s great that there is someone who really knows their area of study and can help.
Q: If you’re not at the library, where can we find you on campus?
I love going for walks on campus. I take different routes. I love walking to the tennis courts.
The campus is so beautiful to explore as the seasons’ change. I also love visiting the Design Center to see what’s there and eat outside. I like to sit and imagine the parties and fun they must have had there back in the day.