Elisabeth was intended to be our September Faces of Randall feature, but we're happy to be shining a spotlight on her now!
Name: Elisabeth Garner
Title: Government Information Specialist
What that means: The government has many agencies and departments—like Agriculture, Labor, etc.—and they all publish reports and documents. We receive these at Randall Library, in addition to historical documents and census information, and Elisabeth works to create catalog records for them, fix errors and broken links, and generally ease access for patrons. Most of these records are digital, but she also works with our print collection of Government Documents.
Recent read: Elisabeth tends to prefer reading biographies and history, maybe because of her History major background. Most recently, she’s been reading and enjoying Uncrowned King: The Life of Prince Albert by Stanley Weintraub. This book explores the hidden histories of Prince Albert, Queen Victoria’s consort.
Favorite place in the library: The DA section in the stacks in the general collection; she loves exploring Russian and British history!
If you could instantly learn any one (real) skill, what would it be and why?: She’d love to become more of an expert with computer and technical knowledge. Elisabeth often feels that she’s only using her computer for 1% of what it’s really capable of doing, and though she doesn’t really need the extra abilities for her work, she’d love to know more about what’s possible.
Elisabeth has been working at Randall Library for six years. She worked in Circulation during her first year, and then applied for and was offered the Library Specialist position in Government Documents. She’s known throughout Randall Library for her love of the mountains, especially the Appalachian mountains, though she’s from Wilmington herself.
One fact that most people at UNCW don’t know about Elisabeth is that she donated platelets to her father four times when she was 14. Her entire family had to move to Seattle for his bone marrow transplant, which was a four month process. Though the circumstances were painful, she found other parts of the experience fascinating, as she attended school in the hospital and was able to meet people from all over the world.
Bonus: Take a look at Elisabeth in her preferred mountain habitat here: https://500px.com/randalllib/galleries/elisabeth