Himmelfarb Headlines - February / March 2021

Staff Spotlight - Introducing Kathleen (Kathy) Lyons, Circulation Desk Manager

Staff ProfileShare your path to Himmelfarb Library
I’ve always enjoyed reading, so I guess working in a library was predestined for me. I’ve been working in libraries for over 20 years. My first library job was as the Reserves Coordinator at Georgetown University’s Lauinger Library. I also worked at the Circulation Desk and helped with interlibrary loan. Following that, I was the Computer Lab Coordinator at Dahlgren Library, Georgetown’s medical library.

Tell us about your position at Himmelfarb and what you do.
As the Circulation Desk Manager, my primary responsibility is to ensure the Circulation Desk is adequately staffed. I hire, schedule, and with the help of my colleagues, train our student employees. I also spend part of my day working at the Circulation Desk, where I take care of a variety of things. Everything from extending loans to helping users find items to responding to noise complaints. It’s all part of a typical day in the Circulation Department. I also process Course Reserves and help with our Consortium Loan Service and interlibrary loan requests.

What do you enjoy most about your position?
By far, the best part about my position is working with the people here at GW. My coworkers are the most supportive, fun, and service-oriented group of people I’ve ever worked with. The students are so dedicated and hard-working. I can truly see great things ahead for them.

What’s been the biggest challenge?
I know that I’m not alone in this, but the biggest challenge by far has been helping to ensure the library continues to function and is able to provide a high level of support to the GW community during the current health crisis.  The library looks and feels a little different these days, but we are still here providing services and support to the GW community.

What do you like to do in your time away from work?
When I’m not working, I enjoy reading, biking, listening to music, and watching movies. I’ve also picked up my camera again and I’m hoping to get back into photography. Following the local sports scene is also high on my list of leisure activities.

Where are you from originally, and what brought you to the DC area?
I grew up in the Maryland suburbs, right outside of DC, and I consider myself a native Washingtonian. This area has so much to offer that I never felt the need to move away.


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