Collection Management Dept Staff

Collection Management Dept Staff

We are the Collection Management Department! Don’t worry, that name simply means that we manage the collection of books and other library items…we have nothing to do with collecting your late fines! Every item you check out at the library had its start in our department. We select which items to order, then we receive and pay for the items when they come in. We catalog every item into our library system and online database. We then make sure they are labeled with barcodes, call numbers, and other identifying stickers so that they can later be easily organized, shelved correctly, and located by our patrons. After one last check to make sure everything is correct, they are sorted and distributed to the correct library location so that they can be available for you to check out! A fun fact about us: our department houses some of KHCPL’s most experienced employees. Combined, we have given 234 years of service to our library! 

 

 

 

 

Dawn V.

I grew up in the country with few neighbors, two older siblings whom I annoyed,  and four channels on the TV, so reading became a favorite pastime early in life to entertain myself when it was too crummy or dark to be outside. I have worked at KHCPL for more than half my life (I’m not THAT old!) and thoroughly enjoy selecting fiction and nonfiction materials for the adult collection. Personally, I love a good story or mystery with quirky characters, anything by David Baldacci or Michael Connelly, biographies, and historical nonfiction, particularly Civil War or WWIIeras. You can find me in the Annex reading tons of book reviews or creating weeding lists, but occasionally, I put on my old Reference hat and fill in at the desk in the Adult & Teen Department (Main) or at the South Branch.

 

I also love watching football at every level, especially college (Go Irish!) and my favorite family vacations are spent lounging on the beach in Florida…with a good book, of course!

Deb A.

I have been a children’s librarian over half my life, and LOVE my job selecting materials for kids.  (I do, however, admit to hating my alarm clock.)  I also love my coworkers here at KHCPL, as they are especially patient with me when I am overcome by the sudden urge to read Elephant and Piggie stories aloud. You can usually find me in the Annex behind the Main library, but you never know when I might be wandering around at Main, South or Russiaville, or assisting the bookmobile staff as they mediate 3rd grade conflicts about One Direction books.  I also truly enjoy recommending the latest amazing juvenile book I have read, and I always believe it to be better than any adult book.  I believe that life is one grand story, and am passionate about always having too many books to read.

 

 

Eddie C.

Hello! I graduated from IU Kokomo with my undergraduate degree in Arts and Humanities and from Indiana University Indianapolis with my Master of Library Science degree. I am the cataloging librarian here at KHCPL. I record and describe the library’s materials to help create our catalog, Encore, so that everyone can find the materials they want. I also teach library public services for the LTA program at Ivy Tech Community College. Prior to coming to KHCPL, I was a reference librarian at the IU Kokomo Library. I also worked in a bakery part-time for eight years. MmmmMmmm! Doughnuts! 

 

 

 

Tammy Keith

I started working here as a part time job—over 30 years ago. Needless to say, this is a great place to work! I get to be around books and materials, help patrons, and work with the great staff here. It doesn’t get any better than this—really! My favorite parts of my job are talking with my coworkers and coming up with ideas to do things better, and working on stats to better allocate materials and funds to best serve our patrons. I enjoy listening to audiobooks in my car, and I have been known to bring the CD into the house when I’m not ready to stop listening. I tend to get obsessive about it sometimes. I have a great family and we love being together, often at sporting events. Football is our passion, but we love watching whatever our kids are playing.