Meet the Mansfield is our feature on the faculty and staff who are the heart of the Library. From Reference to Instruction, Printing to Interlibrary Loan, Archives to Acquisitions and everywhere in between, the people featured here make the library run. Read on to learn more about the great faculty and staff at the Library!
Name and work title:
Jennifer Rusk, I work in the library’s Bibliographic Management Services division as the Electronic Resources Manager.
What do you do in the library?
I play a key role in acquiring and managing all of the library’s electronic resources (ejournals, databases, ebooks, you name it) to make sure they run smoothly for our users. I see that continuing resource bills are paid on time; that important communications are received and dealt with; and I help assess resources to ensure that we are making wise collection investments. I often serve as a go-between with our vendors when resources fail or a user needs help. In a nutshell, I spend my days doing research, writing more emails than is probably healthy or natural, and staring into the depths of Excel spreadsheets to unlock insights into library collections data.
What are you watching/reading/listening to right now?
I just finished reading Empty Mansions, Bill Dedman and Paul Clark Newell Jr.’s biography about Huguette Clark, the eccentric heiress daughter of W.A. Clark, the copper magnate and senator from Montana. She was a wealthy recluse who abandoned her many palatial homes to live in a hospital for the last couple decades of her life despite being in fine health. I haven’t made up my mind yet if Clark was insane or simply ruined by the burden of living with such incredible affluence. I’m inclined to think most people would be just as peculiar if they had unlimited means to do whatever they wanted in life.