You’ve seen her cheerful smile at the service desk since September 2017, and earlier this year, Caroline Sipio accepted the position of access and collections coordinator. Sipio came to Falvey Memorial Library last year, working as a temporary employee in the Access Services Department. She assisted with resource sharing and stacks maintenance.
In her new role, she continues to assist with resource sharing, which includes helping process Interlibrary Loan and E-ZBorrow requests for patrons. Sipio also helps manage student workers who assist Access Services with these materials. You will also find her working at the service desk and in the stacks.
A native of Yardley, Pennsylvania, Sipio earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Saint Joseph’s University. “While I was there, I was able to explore my ardent interest in Fitzgerald and was inspired to continue studying literature in graduate school” Sipio says. She earned a Master of Arts degree in English from Boston College, where she worked as a teaching assistant, a writing fellow and employee at The Thomas P. O’Neill, Jr. Library.
Her time at The Thomas P. O’Neill, Jr. Library helped spark interest in working within an academic library:
“I worked with wonderful people while I was at that library, and received great guidance regarding the field of library work. That job brought me so much happiness and comfort, and is what steered me in the direction of pursuing professional work at a library after my studies. When I finished graduate school, I moved back to the Philadelphia area and eventually found my way here to Falvey! This position appealed to me because I admire the work that the Access Services Department does to help make information and resources readily available to patrons, and overall provide a great experience for those who come to use the library. As I continue to grow in the field, I hope to one day obtain my Master’s in Library Science, and become a literature subject librarian.”
In her free time, Sipio enjoys embracing creative pursuits including art, pottery, storytelling, and working on music with her twin sister. Hoping to get a book published one day, she enjoys writing and playing with her dachshunds, Sketch and Parke. She also brews a great cup of coffee. “I also collect elephants, celebrate Halloween all year round, and find solace in plants and nature—I’m very fond of cacti, succulents, and sunflowers” Sipio says. “I like to think that there’s nothing that cannot be fixed with some time outside, a good book and a cold glass of lemonade.”
Sipio’s office is located behind the Service Desk on Falvey’s first floor, (610) 519-4274. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.