STAFF SPOTLIGHT: Congrats to Janine Waters, who recently was promoted to Access Services Librarian at Gutman Library!

The Gutman Library may have a new Access Services Librarian, but she’s a familiar face!

Chances are if you’ve visited Gutman Library in the past four years, you’ve run into Janine Waters. As the Evening part-time librarian, Janine started at Gutman by supporting the East Falls community needing assistance after business hours. Now, she’s taking on a new role as the Access Services Librarian. 

We sat down with Janine to congratulate her on the promotion, learn about a few of her favorite library resources, and find out what she likes to do in her spare time. 

How long have you been working at Gutman Library, and what does this recent title change mean for your role and responsibilities?

I’ve been at Gutman for a little more than four years now; I started in September 2017 as the Evening PT Librarian. My new role is different from my old one—I’m currently working hands-on with student workers and managing their schedules. I’ve transitioned from working evening and weekend hours to daytime, Monday to Friday schedule.

When did you know that you wanted to be a librarian?

I did AmeriCorps post-college, which is when I started to think about a career in the nonprofit sector. When I moved back East after the program, I started volunteering at my local library and decided to go back to school to pursue an MLS.

What does being a librarian mean to you? 

Engaging with people to find out how I can best meet their needs—whether that means helping them print, navigating a database, or simply providing a quiet space to study. 

What’s your favorite part about working at Gutman and Thomas Jefferson University?

Meeting and getting to know the students, faculty, and staff. I enjoy hearing and seeing what projects people are working on.

What are a few of your favorite Gutman resources or collections?

The art and architecture books on our second floor—there are so many beautiful, large-format books. I’ve been introduced to these books by the many students who’ve needed assistance locating them for class projects. I also enjoy perusing the new releases in the popular fiction and nonfiction sections. 

How can you help students, staff, and faculty?

Circulation questions, policies, and reserving rooms in the library. I’m also here for reference needs and questions. 

We know you’re an animal lover! How many pets are you currently fostering?

None! We recently finished fostering a litter of four brothers for the Brandywine SPCA. Major, Mo, Micah, and Mitchell were kitten littermates. 

Three of the four really took to our big dog Offa, who loves to parent kittens. I’m a longtime volunteer at ACCT Philly, so I try to get there to walk dogs when I’m not fostering,

When not taking care of animals or working in the library, what else do you like to do in your free time?

I run a lot and am a part of the Manayunk Beer Runners. Most of the club participated in the Philadelphia Marathon weekend (right before Thanksgiving), and we ran a cheer station at mile 20 on Main Street. 

Now that most races are finally live again, I’m enjoying picking which ones I want to run with friends. 

I love comedy, so I often re-watch “Impractical Jokers” episodes or clips. Same with old comedy specials; Mitch Hedberg and Demetri Martin are ones I come back to. 

I have a “what to read next” pile on my nightstand—next up is the new David Sedaris book.