Meet Michelle Hook Dewey

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

We introduce our new librarians and staff at Georgia State University College of Law Library with a questionnaire invented by Austin Williams, which is borrowed in spirit, if not in part, from Marcel Proust’s famous questionnaire.

photo.dewey3.Austin (if he were still here): What is your name and what do you do?

Michelle: Michelle Hook Dewey. I am the Legal Technologies Librarian here at GSU Law. In addition to teaching first-year legal research (Research Methods in the Law) and providing traditional library support, like reference, I will be working with the Legal Analytics & Innovation Initiative helping teach in and support that program.


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

M: I started at the beginning of August, so just a few weeks.


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

M: Most Beautiful Thing. It is a memoir that tells the story of America’s first all-black high school rowing team developed on the west side of Chicago in the 90s. It is super interesting. I also read a lot of poetry and currently have Mary Oliver’s New and Collected Works and Faithful and Virtuous by Louise Gluck next to my bed.


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

M: I spent a few years in my twenties living in a fishing town in Alaska. I like to say it is a “small fishing town” because it was an island with only 8, 000 people. That said, it was the fifth largest city in Alaska at the time.


A: What is your favorite place in Atlanta (so far)?

M: I have lived in the greater Atlanta area for about six years now and I love Piedmont Park. I am a big fan of the botanical gardens, the farmer’s market there, and random Piedmont Park festivals and activities. My favorite is the International World Kite Festival every October. It is fun just to bring my kids to the park and fly kites with a few hundred of our closest friends (plus, food trucks!)


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

M: I write and read a lot. I love to swim. I also enjoy cooking- but only for pleasure, not weeknight dinner! (Which I loathe the responsibility of making.)



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

M: Big trip- Carribean, especially the eastern caribbean. But, I love long weekends at a house on the beach or a cabin in the mountains. One thing I love about Atlanta is how easy it is to get out of town and disappear into nature for a few days.


There you have it, folks. The complete, unedited, behind-the-scenes interview with Michelle Hook Dewey.

Meet Cierra A. Cooper

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

We introduce our new librarians and staff at Georgia State University College of Law Library with a questionnaire invented by Austin Williams, which is borrowed in spirit, if not in part, from Marcel Proust’s famous questionnaire.

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

Cierra: My name is Cierra Cooper. I’m a Library Associate I, and I oversee the circulation desk and fulfillment services at the law library.


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

C: I have been at the Georgia State University College of Law Library Since July 2022. (Editor’s note: at the time of writing, this is around a single month, so be sure to welcome Cierra to the GSU Law community!)


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

C: The books currently on my nightstand are Cherish Farrah by Bethany Morrow and Apples Never Fall by Liane Moriarty. I’m really a fan of the Science fiction and Mystery/Suspense genres.


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

C: An interesting fact about myself is that I have had blue hair for almost 3 years now. It has also been blonde, pink, orange, purple, a weird greenish color, and red. I think blue is my color, but I’m tempted to try ginger.


A: What is your favorite place in Atlanta (so far)?

C: My favorite place in Atlanta is IPIC Theatre. It is the best dine-in movie theatre that I have been to. The food is amazing and it’s a very comfortable experience. I haven’t been to another theatre since I found it.


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

C: Outside of work, I enjoy going to the movies, writing, reading, and trying new restaurants.



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

C: I don’t have a favorite vacation spot yet, but I think my favorite place that I have been to so far is Honduras. 


There you have it, folks. The complete, unedited, behind-the-scenes interview with Cierra A. Cooper.

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 Pam Brannon

55_555229288940_1029_nThis marks the second 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?

Pam: Pam Brannon, Faculty Services Librarian


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

P: First day here was June 5, 2007.


A: What books are currently on your night stand?

P: I am close to finishing Elantris by Brandon Sanderson, and I am also in the middle of Jingo by Terry Pratchett.


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

P: I co-owned a record label and was a night manager at a liquor store. Maybe that’s two facts. At various times I have played up to six instruments, with varying degrees of proficiency. OK, now that’s three facts. My family has been living in Georgia since the 1700s, at least. Now that’s four facts.


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

P: Reading – a lot, playing trivia, occasionally petting my record collection, assorted geekery.


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

P: Behind the wheel of a car, driving somewhere. Preferably on a twisty road.


There you have it folks. The complete, unedited,  behind the scenes interview with Pam Brannon.

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.