Meet one of our Reference Librarians, Laura Wimberley. She’s been with the Oviatt team since 2011 and really enjoys working with students. Read more about her personal interests and why she became a librarian . . .
Where are you originally from?
I grew up in Wilmington, Delaware (just outside of Philadelphia), but I’ve lived all over the country since then, in Ohio, Oregon, Colorado, and California.
What do you like/admire most about CSUN students?
I really appreciate how CSUN students are willing to admit when they don’t know something and ask questions. That’s the only way to learn!
What’s your favorite book or your top 5?
Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman is an epic love song to America. Whitman was an abolitionist, a proto-feminist, and arguably the first out gay public figure in American life. Leaves of Grass is his masterwork; its spirituality and landscape imagery are just beautiful.
What songs would you include on the soundtrack of your life?
My absolute lifetime top five albums:
The Strokes, Is This It
The Postal Service, Give Up
The New Pornographers, Twin Cinema
Why did you become a librarian?
As I was wrapping up my doctorate in political science, I realized that even though I loved uncovering new information, I didn’t love the long, isolated process of social science research. Being a librarian gets me all of the fun of discovery with more opportunities to share that process and try out different directions.
What do you wish every student knew about the library or librarians?
We really like answering your questions – the more obscure, the better! Never be afraid that your question is a hassle.
What is your favorite quote?
“The perfect is the enemy of the good.” – Voltaire
It’s a call to act and to accept that your flawed best is still better than nothing: it’s encouraging.
If you could learn any skill what would it be?
I’m hoping to learn American Sign Language soon. The similarities yet differences between ASL and spoken English fascinate me, and I would love to be able to offer better help to CSUN’s Deaf community.
If you could be any fictional character who would it be?
This is a tough question! The most fascinating characters often have the unhappiest lives, so I don’t want to be everyone I love reading about. If I got to be fictional, I’d definitely want to be able to work magic, so I’ll go with Hermione Granger (not a real stretch for me as a personality, either).
What are some of your current projects that you are working on?
I’m part of the usability team for Oviatt’s website. Please let us know about your experience with our new website design. We want to hear your feedback!