Meet Cassandra Patterson

This is the long-overdue continuation of an “in-depth” interview series with new librarians at Georgia State University College of Law Library, See earlier installments here, here, here, here, and here.

We introduce our new librarians in the same way we introduced their colleagues at Georgia State Law Library– with a questionnaire invented by Austin Williams which is borrowed in spirit, if not in part, from Marcel Proust.

Austin (if he were still here): What is your name and what do you do?

Cassandra: Cassandra Patterson, I provide reference services, teach one class of legal research (Research Methods), and oversee the library’s outreach services.


A: How long have you been at Georgia State University College of Law Library? 

C: It will be three months next Tuesday. Time flies when you’re having fun!


A: What books are currently on your nightstand (or Kindle)?

C: I am currently reading books that focus on leadership and vulnerability. (I love self-development books!) This month, I am finishing up Daring Greatly by Brené Brown.


A: What is an interesting fact about yourself that you would like to share with our readers?

C: I love college sports, especially basketball. My love for basketball started when I played basketball in my “younger” days. I also played on a team during law school (1Ls vs 2Ls)!


A: When you are not saving the world here at GSU Law Library, what do you enjoy doing outside of work?

C: I enjoy watching sports and movies. I also love to travel and visit new sites.


A: Lastly, what is your favorite vacation spot? The place you go to leave it all behind for a few days.

C: My favorite vacation spots are the Isle of Palms in SC and Wrightsville Beach in NC.


There you have it, folks. The complete, unedited, behind the scenes interview with Cassandra Patterson.

Meet Gerard Fowke

This is the long-overdue continuation of an “in-depth” interview series with new librarians at Georgia State University College of Law Library, See earlier installments here, here, here, and here. 

We introduce our new librarians in the same way we introduced their colleagues at Georgia State Law Library– with a questionnaire invented by Austin Williams which is borrowed in spirit, if not in part, from Marcel Proust.

Austin (if he were still here): What is your name and what do you do?Gerard

Gerard: Gerard Fowke, I teach legal research, answer reference questions, and manage the library’s digital collections and services, all while drinking copious amounts of coffee and expresso.


A: How long have you been at Georgia State University College of Law Library? 

G: Approximately 2 months. I’m definitely a veteran of the institution 😉


A: What books are currently on your nightstand (or Kindle)?

G: The Dream Songs by John Berryman & The Library Book by Susan Orlean.


A: What is an interesting fact about yourself that you would like to share with our readers?

G: Way before I was a librarian, I was once a singer in a rock n’ roll band.


A: When you are not saving the world here at GSU Law Library, what do you enjoy doing outside of work?

G: I’m a big fan of museums and arts festivals. I also love trying new restaurants.



A: Lastly, what is your favorite vacation spot? The place you go to leave it all behind for a few days.

G: Now that I no longer reside there, I think Boulder, Colorado would be a great spot. The beauty of the place definitely has a relaxing quality I miss in the hustle and bustle of the ATL. 


There you have it folks. The complete, unedited,  behind the scenes interview with Gerard Fowke.

Meet Austin Martin Williams

10474675_10101977959525169_7086341506432026106_nThis is the fourth installment of our Meet a Librarian series. In the first three installments you met Deborah Schander, Pam Brannon, and Terrance Manion. In honor of my birthday today, I thought I would interview myself for the series.

 

Austin (AQ): What is your name and what do you do?

Austin (AA): Austin Martin Williams, Coordinator of Research Instructional Services  


AQ: How long have you been at Georgia State University College of Law Library? 

AA: 4 years. I started way back in August 2010.


AQ: What books are currently on your night stand?

AA: I just finished up Command Authority by the late Tom Clancy and I am a few hundred pages into Path of the Assassin by Brad Thor. Both are excellent reads.


AQ: What is an interesting fact about yourself that you would like to share with our readers?

AA: I am the most interesting man in the world…ok, not really. Interesting fact is the only time I ever had cable TV during my entire life was when I was in law school, which is usually the time when people cancel cable.


AQ: When you are not saving the world here at GSU Law Library, what do you enjoy doing outside of work?

AA:  Play the guitar sparingly, read, watch Manchester United, and catch up on all the TV shows I never got to see on cable. Thank you Netflix!


AQ: Lastly, what is your favorite vacation spot? The place you go to leave it all behind for a few days.

AA: Anywhere in North Carolina. It has everything, the beach, the mountains, and a professional hockey team (Go Canes!)


There you have it folks. The complete, unedited,  behind the scenes interview with me, Austin Martin Williams.

Meet Deborah Schander

Deborah BigThis marks the third of a series of in-depth, exclusive interviews I am doing with the librarians and staff here at Georgia State University College of Law Library. I hope you enjoy!

Austin: What is your name and what do you do?

Deborah: Deborah Schander, Reference/Student Services Librarian.


A: How long have you been at Georgia State University College of Law Library?

D: I’ve been at GSU since August 2010.

A: That’s crazy. I started in August 2010 as well.

D: Because we started on the same day.

A: Oh yah…


A: So, what books are currently on your night stand?

D: I’m currently reading two books: First, A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes From My Kitchen Table by Molly Wizenberg, which is a memoir/ode to food, and makes me ravenously hungry during my MARTA commute. And second, Shadow’s Edge, the second book in Brent Week’s Night Angel trilogy, because sometimes, you just need an assassin’s story to pep up life.


A: What is an interesting fact about yourself that you would like to share with our readers?

D: I was in a professional opera despite the fact that I can’t sing.


A: When you are not saving the world here at GSU Law Library, what do you enjoy doing outside of work?

D: I’m pretty boring. I like reading (mysteries, superhero comics, sci fi), going to the theatre, and being crafty (cross-stitch, crochet). I don’t get to travel as much as I would like, but I do love to visit new places.


A: Lastly, what is your favorite vacation spot? The place you go to leave it all behind for a few days.

D: London. I studied in England during part of both college and law school. I traveled throughout the UK, but London just never gets old.

A: Seems pretty old to me…

D: Please don’t make me spit my coffee out.


Now that was fun! The complete, unedited,  behind the scenes interview with Deborah Schander.

Meet Terrance Manion

retiree, retirees, retirementThis marks the first of a series of in-depth, exclusive interviews I am doing with the librarians and staff here at Georgia State University College of Law Library. I hope you enjoy!

Austin: What is your name and what do you do?

Terrance: Terrance Manion, Director of Information Technology and Librarian


A: How long have you been at Georgia State University College of Law Library? 

T: 12 years, but a third of that time I was in our evening part-time law program and do not really remember many details of that time.


A: What books are currently on your night stand?

T: I am currently reading the The Phantom Tollbooth to the brothers Manion and A Year in Provence when I actually get a moment to myself.


A: What is an interesting fact about yourself that you would like to share with our readers?

T: In a previous life I was a stagehand (IATSE local #3) and before that a bassist in a regionally-successful college-rock band (Pretty Mighty Mighty-with whom you can still seed Pandora)


A: When you are not saving the world here at GSU Law Library, what do you enjoy doing outside of work?

T: I coach soccer and pretend to know more about bourbon than I actually do (but I am still doing research).



A: Lastly, what is your favorite vacation spot? The place you go to leave it all behind for a few days.

T:  Bradenton, Florida- the spring training home of the Pittsburgh Pirates.


There you have it folks. The complete, unedited,  behind the scenes interview with Terrance Manion.