Over the next few of weeks we’ll be presenting short interviews with Schewe personnel. The fourth in our series chronicles the adventures of our Outreach Librarian, Luke Beatty.
I’m Luke Beatty, and I’m an Outreach Librarian / Assistant Professor at Illinois College. I can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone at (217) 245-3573. I’m located behind the Circulation Desk in Schewe Library.
How long have you been at IC, and what led you here?
I’ve been at Illinois College since April, 2014. Prior to coming here, I’d been working as a librarian at a large university, and my contract came to an end. Professionally, I thought it would be a good idea to try out a smaller institution, and I was also keen to live in America for awhile (I’m Canadian), so I ended up here.
In a more philosophical sense, I decided librarianship would be a good fit for me because it’s one of the few professions that does unambiguous good in the world (the other two such professions are firefighting and nursing, in my opinion). Since I didn’t want to die in a blazing inferno and don’t care for needles, librarianship was a pretty easy choice 🙂
What do you do at Schewe?
I’m here to ensure that Schewe meets the needs of the college’s students, faculty, and staff. On a practical level, this means I do a lot of library instruction, reference, faculty liaison, program evaluation, and collection development. I’m also the point person for a lot of the non-standard/new technologies that Schewe supports (think: the stuff in the Digital Learning Center, the Geospatial Information Systems Lab, our HP Sprouts, etc.). Suffice it to say, I’m kept busy!
Any exciting initiatives you’ve got planned in the next little while?
Excitement is a relative thing in Schewe, but here are a few projects I’d like to take up in the near future…
- Run a few workshops for students to learn Final Draft, which is a screenwriting software we have in our Digital Learning Center;
- Conduct focus groups to get more detailed information on how we can improve the library;
- Get a soda machine in Schewe’s front lobby. [In days of yore, Schewe had a soda machine in its front lobby, but, as the story goes, the then-President of IC felt that the machine’s neon glow was vulgarly intruding on his evening walks, and so he decreed that the machine be removed.]
Tell our readers something interesting/exciting/unusual about you…
I used to live in Banff, Alberta, and to get to work, I had to hike through a graveyard and up a mountain. When I walked back home (to my housing coop, on the outskirts of town), I often had to tiptoe around a series of moose harems for fear that the alpha males would mistake me for a rival and gore me! Those moose were impossibly dumb, but what they lacked in brains, they made up for in terrifying brute power!