The Health Sciences Library is excited to welcome Abbey Heflin as our new Metadata Librarian!
Abbey completed her Master’s of Science in Library and Information Science at Drexel University, having been drawn to the field by both the changes happening in it due to the Information Age, and by the many ways that librarians can use their specialized skills to assist those in other disciplines.
I sat down with Abbey to learn more about her professional and personal interests:
To date, what’s been the most interesting professional project of which you’ve been a part?
The most interesting project I have been a part of so far has been a massive weeding project. It was interesting to me because it sparked a lot of attention from the faculty and gave the library a lot of opportunities to collaborate with them to rebuild a more useful collection for the students. It also was very neat because we were able to take down a lot of shelving and create more study and group study space, and the students loved it! Seeing our patron count increase over the course of the project (which was over two years) and their positive response to what we were doing was very heartwarming!
What about this position interested you enough to apply for it?
I had visited the HSL before, so I knew it was an innovative and progressive place. That is what interested me the most! I also was very excited to apply for my position because of my experience with technical services in libraries. This seemed like the perfect position to grow my professional skills as well as be a part of redefining the profession.
What are you most looking forward to in your work here?
I am really looking forward to working with the Health System and clinical teams to enhance patient education. I think that this is a great example of how librarians can assist other professionals and redefine how the library is perceived.
What do you do for fun?
I spend a lot of my free time visiting with family. I also like to run, read, and go boating.
What else should we know about you?
I am a dog freak! I love dogs! I have two of my own, Rags and Griffin. Rags is a Cairn Terrier like ToTo from “The Wizard of Oz” and Griffin is a Chesapeake Bay Retriever. I call them my babies and I spoil them rotten.
(And this last question, because the interviewer appreciates whimsy, as well as a twist ending)
In a rap battle between Grumpy Cat and Doug the Pug, who would win? I would have to say Grumpy Cat would win. She seems like she is really quick on her comebacks so I think she could battle pretty well!
The interviewer agrees with you: unlike Grumpy Cat, Doug the Pug lacks the predatory instincts necessary to triumph Welcome, Abbey, we’re glad that you’re here!