What is the best way to get to know a librarian? By getting them to talk about books, of course! This month, we are very happy to introduce you to the new Library Director, Ms. Shawna Egan.
We asked Ms. Egan…
“My earliest memory of a library is from when I was in elementary school. I remember going to the local public library to find information I needed to complete a project for school. I remember how excited I was when I got my first library card and then walking through the biography section to find the book I needed.
My first time working in a library came when I was completing my undergrad. I was studying History and for my internship I worked at the Massachusetts State House in their library and archives. It was during this internship that I fell in love with libraries and helping people track down the documents, articles, or books they needed. I also worked on a great project in the archive, I began the process of digitizing photographs from World War I. This project even influenced the subject of my undergraduate senior thesis paper.”
Who are your top five favorite authors?
“I tend to discover a new to me author and then find out what other books they have written. It is almost like binging your favorite TV show, but with books by the same author. So, it is hard for me to say the top five authors ever. I can tell you what authors I read multiple books by this year.
What are your three “desert island” books?
“A survivor guide would come in handy. The other two books would need to be something I have never read before, I do not typically read the same book twice. It is one of the reasons I love libraries so much, there are so many choices, and you can borrow and return the books as you read them. I hope some students/faculty/staff stop by the library and have some great suggestions for me to read if I happen to end up on a desert island!”
What is the last book that made you laugh or cry or both?
“Slammed” by Colleen Hoover
If you could time travel, when and where would you go?
“Early 1920’s, New York City.”
“I am not sure I could select just one room; each room has its own charm. I love the view of the pond from the Baker Reading Room. Being among all the shelves of books offers some solitude. I also have really enjoyed my time in the archives, it holds so much SPS history, it is a wonderful place to learn about all the students who walked the halls before us.”
What was your favorite subject/class in school?
“World History, but my best subject was always math.”
Why do you like being a librarian at SPS?
“I am looking forward to working with SPS students and helping with research projects. The last few days have been great to see SPS full of students again, the positive energy on the grounds is contagious. I am excited to be a part of such a welcoming community.”
New to Millville? Meet our other Ohrstrom librarians HERE.