by Alice Bampton
Barbara Haas, originally from Larned, Kan., is the new Falvey stacks assistant.
A graduate of the University of Kansas, Lawrence, with a bachelor’s degree in education, Barbara began her library career in Wheaton, Ill., as an archives and special collections assistant in Wheaton College’s Buswell Memorial Library. Her duties included archival processing of faculty papers, maintaining collections from various university departments, locating materials for researchers and arranging displays of Special Collections materials while writing accompanying booklets for those displays.
The next stage of her career took Barbara to the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Her job in the Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library’s Preservation Office inspired her to pursue graduate courses in library science. Her graduate studies included an apprenticeship with James W. Craven, who managed the rare book bindery in Michigan’s Bentley Historical Library. After completing her apprenticeship, she secured a position in the Bentley Historical Library as a technical library assistant in charge of university publications.
More recently, Barbara has worked as a circulation assistant at the Easttown Library and Information Center in Berwyn, Pa.
Barbara’s hobbies are calligraphy and her spaniels, Ivan and Stella. “I’m just happy to be here,” she says, “glad to be in the University library [where] exciting things are going on.”
Domenick Liberato, Access Services stacks manager, said, “Barbara is a great asset to both the shelving operations in general and the Library as a whole… . I look forward to working with Barbara for many years to come.”
Also contributing: Gerald Dierkes; photography by Alice Bampton