We’re starting a new monthly feature called Meet the TSU Agent. We realize you guys have been reading the blog for a couple of years now, but may not really know us. This will also be a way to get to know new agents as the come onboard. Without further ado, let’s meet this month’s Agent: Andrea.
- What’s your favorite type of library program?
I actually enjoy all sorts of programs, to the point I don’t have any that I really hate. For me, it’s more about who is there than what we’re doing. I love when my long-time regulars are there, but an event can easily go south if there are teens who don’t/won’t listen.
- Why do you enjoy working with teens?
There are many reasons I like working with teens, but I really like that I can be a straight-talker with teens. Whether it’s with budget concerns/why we’re cutting something to life in general, I’ve found that teens respect when you’re honest. I also love watching them change/grow over the years into amazing young people.
- What kinds of things do you do when you’re not at work?
This highly varies on my mood, but some of the things I enjoy are knitting/crocheting, binge watching T.V., playing games (both board and video), & cuddling with fur-babies.
- Craziest thing you’ve done as a teen librarian?
I’ll be honest, I don’t do a lot of crazy things, however, letting teens throw pies in my face is probably at the top. Although, if you asked my admin, it would probably be that I used to do overnight lock-ins.
- If you suddenly had extra money in your budget to buy one thing you’ve always wanted for your teens/library, what would it be?
Does an actual teen area count? Otherwise, I’m not sure. We’ve been pretty lucky to get a lot of the things we’ve needed/wanted through grants and what not. The only things I’m after right now some maker-space things like a smaller button maker & sewing machines.
- What is something you struggle with the most?
Trying to balance it all. I know I have co-workers who always lend a hand, but it’s hard not to think that teen services is all on you when you’re the only one that holds that title. I’ve gotten way better at asking for help, but it’s stuff hard sometimes.
- If you could build your dream teen area what would it look like?
I would love an area that is enclosed, preferably with glass/someway to look in. I would want LOTS of space for bookshelves so I could stop worrying about tight spaces. Also, at the top of my list: lots of seating area (tables and comfy), study rooms, gaming area, craft area, & maybe a few computers.
- If you have desk do you decorate/what does it look like?
I currently decorate my off-floor desk. I have a few fandom art up, my old favorite craft samples, and several Funko Pops.
- Tips/Tricks that help you manage it all?
My bullet journal has been a life saver. It took me a few months, but I was able to find a layout that worked for me. It has done so well with helping me focus on what needs to be done and staying on track.
- If you had to work in a department other than teen, what would it be and why?
I think about this a lot, especially since I feel I may be nearing the end of teen services. Right now, my top choices would either be outreach or collection development. Mainly because those are the two aspects of my job I love the most & tend to stress me out the least.
- What was the first YA book you remember reading?
Beyone R.L. Stine and Christopher Pike, it would be the Alanna/Song of a Lioness Series by Tamora Pierce. It still holds a very special place in my heart.
- If you could have a fictional pet/fantasy animal, what would it be?
Hands down, a dragon. But like a miniature one and not a super giant one.
- What’s your Oreo preference?
Golden. I’m not an Oreo person in general, but I do love me the golden ones.
- Your dream vacation?
I’m extremely lucky in that I’ve already had my dream vacation, which was visiting Ireland & Scotland. However, I love to travel so anywhere new is always fun in my book. Oversea wise I’ve been to Ireland, Scotland, Greece, Austria, Czech Republic, & Hungary. I’m hoping my next one will either be to England or Thailand.
- Cat or dog?
Both! I’ve had times in my life where I’ve only had one or the other and really missed the one I didn’t have. Both animals are so different most of the time and bring me happiness in very separate ways.