Welcome back to Faces of Randall, where we interview a different Randall Library staff member each month! Kicking us off with August's feature is Jason Fleming, who has probably been to more national parks than you.
Name: Jason Fleming
Title: Information Technology Librarian
What that means: Jason manages the technology that keeps the catalog functioning and helps catalogers with tech issues. He also troubleshoots the Interlibrary Loan system, which allows patrons to borrow books from other libraries, as well as working with EZ Proxy, which makes it possible to access online library resources from off campus. Finally, he works to support the digital displays throughout the library, and has helped to get the Digital Makerspace going.
Favorite book: He keeps trying to read books and failing these days, and his favorite changes over time. One of the books he’s read more recently, though, was The Girl With All The Gifts, in which a fungal infection causes a zombie-like plague; his son also read it, and he enjoyed talking with him about the science behind it.
Favorite place in the library: The Digital Makerspace!
If you suddenly inherited a factory capable of producing anything, what would you make and why?: Jason didn’t have specific ideas, but would ideally want to create something that could make energy out of carbon dioxide.
As a bonus, he also addressed the “fictional worlds” question, sharing that if he was able to travel to any fictional world, he would opt not to, as all fictional worlds have their own curses and are too dangerous. He specifically wouldn’t go to Wonderland, Narnia, or Oz.
Jason has been working at Randall Library for six years, always in the Information Technology department. Though he’s stayed in one place here at Randall, outside of work he’s traveled a great deal—specifically, he has traveled to over 40 national parks in just the last three years! He went to 5 in one week in May alone: Tuzigoot National Monument, Montezuma’s Castle National Monument, Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, and Saguaro National Park. Of the parks he’s been to before, he especially enjoyed Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons. Other favorites include the Craters of the Moon National Monument and the Hall of Mosses in the Hoh National Rainforest.
Bonus: His favorite quote is “Wherever you go, there you are.”