The Library is pleased to welcome Elaine Attridge as our Clinical Librarian! Elaine obtained her Master’s in Library Science from the University of Pittsburgh, having been drawn to libraries from a very young age as a way to satisfy her curiosity about everything. She decided to pursue librarianship as a career after the Internet became mainstream in the 1990’s, as it was obvious to her that technology would evolve and greatly impact the field. This interviewer sat down with Elaine to learn more about her professional and personal interests.
Elaine Attridge, Clinical Librarian
To date, what’s been the most interesting professional project of which you’ve been a part?
There have been so many! I really enjoyed working with the School of Nursing as they developed their curriculum to include understanding and finding evidence based literature.
What about your position interested you enough to apply for it?
My current position piqued my interest because of the opportunity to work with the service centers and administration to improve quality and safety for our patients and employees. To be successful, I know I will utilize my traditional librarian skills, but I also see the chance to develop new roles for librarians that will hopefully be very relevant to the Health System. This is a new position and I’m really excited to see where it takes us!
What are you most looking forward to in your work here?
Working with a variety of colleagues throughout the Health System and finding ways to support their information needs; I get to learn something new every day!
What do you do for fun?
I really love to travel with my family! We recently returned from Iceland and I have my eye on Cuba. Exercise such as pilates, lifting, and sculling is also important to me. If you catch me at home, you’ll probably find me listening to Alt Nation or NPR podcasts or heading out to target shoot. I also enjoy my volunteer work with CASA and in my children’s schools.
What else should we know about you?
I have three children ages 9, 12, and 18 who are incredibly fun in completely different ways. Like all parents, I spend a lot of time in the car driving them to their activities.
On a completely random note, I have lived in Virginia for most of my life, but consider myself an honorary New Yorker. Oh, and one other thing: Some find it “interesting” that I am a vegetarian — who occasionally eats sausage or a bacon-wrapped date.
(And this last question, because the interviewer appreciates whimsy, as well as a twist ending)
Voldemort vs. Gandalf: who would lose?
Both. I think the most powerful wizards are in Washington.
A bold statement, Elaine. Very bold indeed. Welcome, we’re happy that you’re here!