Member of the Month

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Jane Stimpson

Jane Stimpson
Librarian, San Jacinto College South 
(Starting June 1: Faculty Reference Librarian, Lone Star College Cy-Fair) 

Professional experience

After graduating from the University of Texas at Austin School of Information in 2009, I accepted a position with San Jacinto College, a community college in Houston. In over five years in the position, I’ve had the chance to wear many hats: instruction, reference, outreach, collection development, circulation and interlibrary loan, social media marketing, programs, and more. I am passionate about community college libraries and the diverse student body and communities we serve. I am looking forward to transitioning to a new institution next month, where I’ll be able to focus on instruction and programming in a joint college and public library. I have also been active in TLA over the last few years, including serving as District 8 Chair and on the 2016 Program Committee. I am thrilled to be attending the TALL Texans Leadership Development Institute this summer as a member of the class of 2015. 

Innovative library practices

One of the things I’m most looking forward to in my new position is the opportunity to work in a joint use public/academic library. This allows for a truly community-centered library that provides lifelong learning for everyone from toddlers to seniors and allows endless opportunities for collaboration. For example, this semester, college students from the accounting department assisted public library patrons with preparing their taxes. As budgets shrink and communities grow, the joint use model is one I think will be seen in more and more library systems.

Favorite literary character or book

This is too hard; it’s like choosing your favorite child! I’d have to say my all-time favorite literary character is Don Quijote. One of my undergraduate degrees is in Spanish, and we were required to take an entire course on the novel. It’s hilarious and complex, and the character’s love of reading will always be with me.

Most memorable TLA experience

I’ve had so many! But one of the most memorable was during Annual Conference in 2011 in Austin. I was walking back to my hotel with my grad school buddy and colleague at San Jacinto, Karyn Jones. We had just come from our alumni reception and were on our way to grab a quick dinner before retiring for the night, but we bumped into Dr. Loriene Roy (our graduate instructor at UT), who convinced us to come to the Intergalactic Doo-Wop dance party instead. For the next couple of hours I danced my butt off and had an amazing time. Proof that librarians are professional AND know how to party!  

Created on Nov 1, 2011 | Last updated May 01, 2015