ATG Star of the Week: Susanna Smith, Gadsden State Community College

by | Jul 7, 2011 | 0 comments

Our Star of the Week for July 7, 2011, came from the 2010 Charleston Conference First Time Attendee Profiles.  Susanna was also the winner of the 2010 EBSCO Charleston Conference Scholarship!

Susanna Smith
Job Title: Branch Supervisor
Organization: Gadsden State Community College

Born and Lived: Born in northeast Alabama, lived in Sewanee (TN), Miami (FL), Tallahassee (FL), northern Virginia and now I’m back in northeast Alabama.  What goes around comes around, I guess!

Professional Career and Activities: Received my MS-LIS from Florida State University in 2006.  Worked at a small college as the Technical Services Librarian.  Now I’m a branch supervisor at a multi-campus community college.

Family: Married, cataloging jointly. (One husband: philosophy professor.  One cat: certifiably insane.)

In My Spare Time: Hiking, scrapbooking, gardening, and of course – reading!

Favorite Books: How about authors instead? J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, Tom Clancy, J. K. Rowling, Isaac Asimov, Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Douglas Adams.

Pet Peeves: People who abuse books.  Students afraid to ask me questions.  Strategically placed hairballs left by the cat.  The neighbor’s dog digging up my vegetables.

Philosophy: My philosophy boils down to a few good quotes:

“When in doubt, go to the library!” – J.K. Rowling

“In the nonstop tsunami of global information, librarians provide us with floaties and teach us how to swim.” – Linton Weeks, The Washington Post (Jan. 13,

Most Memorable Career Achievement: Finishing my Masters while working full time as a college bookstore manager. Number two would be getting the scholarship that allowed me to come to this conference!

Goal I Hope To Achieve Five Years from Now: Having a job that offers me the opportunity to do some research – I’d love to do a study comparing library usage/needs of community college students and university students and maybe even liberal arts college students.  Hey – anyone want to collaborate??

How/Where Do I See the Industry in Five Years?: Still digging for funding as administrations continue with the errant idea that students (or any patrons, for that matter) can get whatever they need from Google.  Still fighting the battle between print and digital – but I think the technology will be better geared for integrating e-readers with print media, and opening new avenues for delivering information.


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