Every month, we would like to take a moment to learn more about a fellow librarian and SC/MLA member. For February, we interviewed Beth Wallace, a library student whose poster at SC/MLA annual conference on bringing yoga to her library inspired us to rethink some of our own wellness programs.
Name: Beth Wallace
SC/MLA Member Since: 2016
First Professional Position:
temp circulation lackey
Medical Library Assistant, East Tennessee State University Quillen College of Medicine
BS, sociology, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga; MSIS (in progress), University of Tennessee
Favorite website, blog, or twitter feed:
I’m more of an Instagram girl: aladyinlondon, nypl (#letmelibrarianthatforyou), cats_of_instagram
How did you become interested in medical librarianship?
My uncle is a medical librarian and I have always admired his work in the community.
What do you love most about your job?
I love when a student comes to the desk and says, “I’m not really sure what I’m looking for…” and I can help them find what they didn’t know they needed.
What has been your biggest professional challenge?
Navigating the bureaucracy and politics of a large educational institution.
What do you do to recover from a long work week?
Yoga and a pint—not at the same time.
Anything our readers might find surprising about you?
Last summer I went to England and hiked town to town through the Pennines in Yorkshire.
If you could witness any event in history in person, which one would you attend?
The Beatles rooftop concert, 1969, London.