Category Archives: Library Staff

Get to Know Your Library Staff, Part II

kalycaschultz001_full-resKalyca Schultz, Library Assistant

Originally from Wisconsin, I moved to the Roanoke Valley to attend college——and never left! I’ve lived here for over ten years now and have come to love our Star City’s mountainous beauty, small town feel, and many cultural offerings.

I graduated from Hollins University in 2001 with a BA in English & Creative Writing, along with extensive coursework in Classics and Ancient Studies. I took advantage of many unique opportunities while at Hollins, such as a year spent studying archaeology in Ireland and a month-long service project in Jamaica. Before coming to Virginia Western in April of 2008, I worked at the Hollins Bookshop for five years, the last year as Store Manager.

Nowadays, I enjoy frequenting the Grandin Theatre, trying out new recipes and restaurants in town, reading,  researching my family tree, and learning to garden and photograph in black and white film.  I am also a member of an international music trading club and an anime and manga fan.

Library Staff Cleans Up at Holiday Luncheon

retirement-party05Four members of the Brown Library staff won prizes at VWCC’s annual holiday luncheon for employees. Edgar Anderson and Lynn Hurt won gift certificates to Chick-Fil-A and Java the Hutt, and Laura Milliman and Kalyca Schultz each won a lovely fir swag centerpiece, courtesy of the Floral Design students in Professor Hendrickson’s class. Good food and fun was had by all! Thank you again to the Educational Foundation for hosting such an enjoyable event. See you next year!

Library Director to Retire

dh“Please join me in congratulating David Hillman on his 36 years of service to Virginia Western as Learning Resources Center Director, and on his upcoming retirement at the end of December. David came to VWCC in 1972 as a Catalog Librarian, and in 1974 became Coordinator of Library Services, reporting to Roger Wilson, the Director of Learning Resources at that time. David became Director of Learning of Resources in 1978. Roger shares that in the 1970’s David bought one of the first computers sold in the Roanoke Valley, and subsequently computerized the college library. He received a first place national award for Best Computerized Small Libraries as a result. Throughout his career, David has worked dilligently to continually update the library, adapt to new technologies, and ensure that students and faculty have access to the most current resources to facilitate scholarly work. His efforts on behalf of the college have had a positive impact on all of us, and will continue to impact us in the years ahead. I hope you will join me in wishing David the best as he begins a new chapter in his life.” ——Anne B. Kornegay, Interim Vice President, Academic & Student Affairs


Happy Halloween!

A chill is in the air. The leaves are dressed in orange and gold. As we turn our clocks back and gain an hour, what better way to spend your extra time than to read?

The Brown Library staff encourages you to settle into the season by curling up with a good book. Here are some suggestions from our collection:

  • The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion, call number PS3554.I33 Z63 2005
  • Hip Hop Matters: Politics, Pop Culture, and the Struggle for the Soul of a Movement by S. Craig Watkins, call number ML3531.W38 2005
  • American History and Contemporary Hollywood Film by Trevor B. McCrisken and Andrew Pepper, call number PN1995.9.H5 M43 2005
  • Games of Terror: Halloween, Friday the 13th, and the Films of the Stalker Cycle by Vera Dika, call number PN1995.9.H6 D48 1990
  • The Extreme Future: The Top Trends That Will Reshape the World for the Next 5, 10, and 20 Years by James Canton, call number CB161.C355 2006
  • Why Life Speeds Up as You Get Older: How Memory Shapes Our Past by Douwe Draaisma; translated by Arnold and Erica Pomerans, call number BF378.A87 D7313 2004
  • On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan, call number PR6063.C4 O6 2007
  • In the Devil’s Snare: The Salem Witchcraft Crisis of 1692 by Mary Beth Norton, call number BF1575.N67 2002

Get to Know Your Librarians, Part II

Lynn HurtLynn Hurt, Technical Services Librarian

 From the time I was a child, I have loved libraries and wanted to be a librarian. It was a long and winding road getting to this goal; however, I finally reached my destination, and the trip was definitely worth it.

I started working at Virginia Western twenty years ago in the Admissions Office, when Admissions was on the bottom floor of the library building. I thought to myself, “If I could only work my way upstairs…”

After working in Admissions for four years, I transferred into the Counseling Department where I worked as an academic advisor for eight years. By this time, Admissions and Counseling had moved to the bottom floor of Fishburn Hall. I would come over to the library on my lunch break and contemplate ways that I could advise students from the top floor of the library: “If I could only move my office over here…”

Finally in 2000, I got the opportunity to take courses through the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, to become a librarian. Although I had already received a Bachelor’s in English from North Carolina Central University and a Master’s in Liberal Studies from Hollins University, this didn’t cut it. A specific Master’s degree is required in order to become a librarian, so I had to go back to college. As our reference librarian, Laura Milliman, states in her introduction on this blog, “Yes, you really do have to go to school for this!”

During my first semester taking library science classes, a wonderful thing happened: the opportunity arose for me to transfer jobs and work in Virginia Western’s library! Working with the experienced Brown Library staff as I was taking classes helped me to reach my lifelong goal. I graduated with a Master’s in Information Science from UT (Go VOLS!) in 2003 and became the college’s Technical Services Librarian in 2005.

As Technical Services Librarian, I do a variety of things. I facilitate the ordering of books for our collection, and then I catalog and process the new books as they arrive. I repair and preserve our older books so that they can hang in there beside the new ones. I work the reference desk two nights a week, and work the virtual reference desk when our reference librarian is unable to. I create the library displays, provide a library tour (in person and online), and cook up fun library activities such as our recent “Word of the Week Contest.” Stay tuned for more fun activities to come!

In addition to all of this, I am an adjunct (part-time) instructor. I used to teach English 01 and English 111 for the college’s Humanities Division, but now I teach College Success Skills (SDV-100) online for the Student Services Division. I also provide library-related workshops for various Virginia Western classes and present seminars for the college’s retention program.

That’s the story of my travels. So, what’s your destination? Be sure to enjoy the trip along the way.