Wednesday, March 02, 2016
Betsy Fronk - The Stars at KLIC: Journey Story of our Staff
By Betsy Fronk
After years of seeing a librarian through the stereotype with a quiet, never-changing and isolated environment, I found myself out of a job and hearing, “return to school”; I had come to a crossroad. My aunt suggested I take a 3-week library class; if I hated it, it was only 3 weeks. I took this “general reference” class and it was tailor-made for me: a variety of subjects, full of people and always different. The quiet and boring library was a galaxy away from real life. I also realized if I wanted to enter official librarianship, I had to get a degree from an ALA-accredited school. I entered the University of Michigan’s School of Library & Information Sciences in the early 90s. Upon graduating, I got part-time jobs in a public library working in youth and young adult services. Finally I got a full-time job at a small four-year college in Virginia (VA); I had fond memories of the Southeast where I stayed with my grandmother.
I spent two years doing inter-library loan and some reference in Virginia. I thought living in the big city would improve my life so I spent two years in Atlanta, at a non-profit serving libraries all over the Southeast. It was eye-opening as I learned much about online cataloging and electronic article collections. But big city life was not a good fit for me. I was fortunate to apply for a library job at Chattanooga State where my aunt taught in the nursing program.
I came to Chattanooga State in December 2000 fearing that a community college library might be too slow for me. Again, my fears were a galaxy away from real life as these past fifteen years attest. I continue to learn about the TN Electronic Library, website design, collection development plus the recent TN Promise and accreditation. I have also written reviews for books. I continue to learn how best to serve our diverse user population. This spring, I can look forward to a study of the usability of the library’s new catalog in addition to ways to enhance our print collection.
Betsy's Community Service:
Member LITA (Library & Information Technology Association)
Reviewer for Children’s Literature Database and Journal of Web Librarianship