In celebration of National Library Week, we are honoring our three CTX librarians. Meet the librarians who make the Concordia Library a valuable resource for everyone on campus.
If you’ve been on campus for a while, it’s likely that you’ve met CTX Library Director Mikail McIntosh-Doty. She joined CTX in 2011 and has made many improvements to the library.
As the director, McIntosh-Doty:
Marcus X. Fry
Meet the head of technical services at the library, Marcus Fry, who has been with Concordia for 23 years.
As the technical services librarian, Fry:
What’s your most significant library experience?
“My most significant experience in regard to libraries,” Fry explained, “was converting the Concordia Library from a physical card catalog environment to a fully automated electronic/online environment and maintaining the system when I first arrived at CTX in the mid-to-late 1990s.
Part of this achievement also includes the fairly recent adoption, installation and ongoing maintenance of ‘Jump Start,’ our discovery product that enhances the search process for our library patrons, making them more efficient, effective and productive in retrieving quality results across multiple database platforms with each search.”
Meet the head of public services at the library, Agatha Torku, who joined CTX in June 2018.
As the head of public services, Torku:
How did you come to love libraries?
“One day, when I was looking through past awards to list on my grad school application, I found an unusually prophetic piece of paper: it was a research/reference award from my elementary school librarian! Mrs. Beverly had a round face with a chin that came to a point — she might have been a pixie. The constant twinkle in her eye certainly made me think she knew what magic libraries held.
Because of Mrs. Beverly’s (and my other school teachers’) efforts, I learned to love a good story and, so by proxy, to love libraries. Libraries are guardians of history, memory and information, no matter who you are or your station in life. They foster communities, and there are scientific studies, according to the podcast episode Palaces for People, that libraries are also a critical part of our social infrastructure.”
Concordia is grateful for our wonderful librarians. Make sure to drop by the library this week and thank them for serving us so well!
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