The role of a librarian has certainly changed since I was a student at Rectory. When I listened to Mary Tiebout, Rectory's librarian since 2002, describe what her job entails, I marveled at how the role has evolved.
Mrs. Tiebout has been in the library game well before she came to Rectory. Her previous role was at the Killingly Public Library where she oversaw the children and young adults book sections for sixteen years. Her journey into the role actually began when she realized it was probably time to return to work after the birth of her third child. She took a part-time job working on a mobile book truck, which soon evolved into full-time work and the rest is history.
So what exactly does a librarian at Rectory do? Mrs. Tiebout explained that her job includes several different responsibilities. Her first priority is collection development. Every year she reviews what books are appropriate for our population here on campus. The interests of both students and faculty are taken into consideration when selecting new books and annual magazine subscriptions. Second, Mrs. Tiebout provides curriculum support for the faculty. She attends department meetings and then sources and supplies print and non-print resources to work with the curriculum. Upon request, Mrs. Tiebout also teaches a resource course to students.
In 2003, soon after she started at Rectory, Mrs. Tiebout began the Project Read Program. Through this, each student is required to read one book each term and then produce a report on it. Her job is to match the right book to each student and this is where her mantra, "There is no such thing as a child who hates to read; there are only children who have not found the right book," really comes into play. Her greatest joy is finding the right book for her students and having them come back to her to ask for another one just like the one they just read.
In her free time, Mrs. Tiebout loves to read, of course! She is thrilled that her twelve-year-old granddaughter also loves to read,and often tells her about books she should be picking up for the students at Rectory. She and her husband love to travel and they've just booked a land and sea trip to Alaska for next summer. I'm sure she'll be taking a good book, or two, along for the trip!