Meet Lindsey Solomon – Circulation and Electronic Resources Specialist at Lupton Library as of April 2010. In addition to assisting patrons at the Circulation Desk, Lindsey helps our Electronic Resources Librarian collect usage data for library databases, compiles Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) statistics for the annual report, and helps troubleshoot and update our circulating laptops.
Lindsey moved here from Savannah, GA where she recently completed her M.A. in Arts Administration at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). She says that when she finished her B.A. at Carson Newman, she had a hard time deciding whether to become a librarian, go into graphic design, or do something in arts administration. Her thesis focused on ways to make art museums more accessible to the public, more of a community place, a “third place” for people. (According to Wikipedia, first place is home, second place is work, and third places “are ‘anchors’ of community life and facilitate and foster broader, more creative interaction.”) For her thesis, Lindsey surveyed the staff at several museums , and says that the Hunter Museum of American Art in Chattanooga was her favorite. She now volunteers there one Sunday a month.
Lindsey’s first job in high school was at the Greene County Public Library in her hometown of Greeneville, TN. In college she was the president of SAILS – Students Advocating Information and Library Studies. This student club planned a librarianship career day and they held monthly story times for children. At Halloween they put together the “Mystery at the Library” which involved videos of a “dead” library staffer with Dewey Decimal clues to help solve the mystery of who did it.
Speaking of Halloween, don’t be surprised if you think you’ve spotted Joan Holloway from Mad Men this Halloween at Lupton Library. Lindsey did mention that she loved the idea of wearing a red wig and 60s clothes! -Beverly Kutz, Reference & Instruction Librarian