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Technical Services Department Head: Lauren S. Jung
Tell us a little about yourself.
I am a native of West Baton Rouge Parish with two children, Andrew and Annie. I have worked as a classroom teacher and school media specialist librarian. I have worked in West and East Baton Rouge, Madison Mississippi, Ocean County, New Jersey, and St. Tammany Parish.
When did you start working for WBR Parish Library? Why?
I returned to WBRPL in January of 2016. I originally started working for WBRPL in the 80’s as a student worker, where I continued to work until I finished college and started working full time as a teacher. The job started as just a summer job, but grew into something I truly love. I realized I really enjoyed bringing needed material to all the people of this parish. A one-stop for information. I learned quickly how much the library has to offer.
You manage the Library’s Cataloging Department. What is a typical day like?
A typical day in the cataloging department is ordering books, unpacking materials, and getting the materials ready for processing. Once this is done, the materials are checked and readied for circulation.
What is your favorite part of the job so far?
I enjoy being able to look at all the materials being placed in our collection. It is amazing how much information is out there for our use.
What are your hobbies outside of the office?
Reading, Computer, and outside projects.
Favorite book/genre to read?
I really do not have a favorite book or genre. If I had to choose, juvenile fiction and non-fiction is my favorite spot in the library. I tend to enjoy the informational part of the library the most.
Book or ebook?
Book – there is nothing like holding a book in your hands.
What are your goals?
Even though it has only been a couple of months, I am thinking about evaluating our collection to make sure our patrons’ needs are met.
Do you have any advice for aspiring librarians?
Actively participate in your local library organizations
How true! As the State continues to struggle with budget shortfalls and reductions in services, it’s comforting to know that your Library will continue to operate and offer services to counteract the effects of State cuts. West Baton Rouge Parish Library is funded at the Parish level – Parish voters approved a 4.1 mill ad valorem referendum in November 2014 which will support your Library through 2025. Local funding for local services!
Please know that your Library is here for you! We offer current technology for public use, free computer use and Internet access, and a wide variety of databases for homework help, business information, and research topics.
Upgrade your skills with Lynda.com, type your resume’ on our computers, search for job vacancies, apply for assistance, file job applications, or keep up with the latest news. And remember that we have lots of free entertainment for your families – books, DVDs, programs for all ages, and much more!
Don’t touch that dial! Hello out there in Library-Land! This is Librarian Lou coming to you with an update on developments at the West Baton Rouge Parish Library.
If you have recently navigated to the Library’s main website at www.wbrpl.com, you will notice a very different look. That is because the back end of the website has been totally redesigned! Our goal was to create a website that patrons will be able to use quickly and easily on all platforms: desktop, laptop, tablet, and mobile. The first thing you will notice on our new web page is a less cluttered look and soft pastel colors for a very easy-on-the eye experience.
At top left, new information has been added and the buttons made more comprehensive. “Happenings” is a new term for upcoming events on the calendar. The biggest change in this area is the addition of the “Resources” button that activates the “Resource Wizard.”
The “Resource Wizard” searches the entire website for topics, events, or resources related to whatever you type in the search box. It is a customized search tool that drills deep down through the pages to find anything related to your request so you can find what you need ASAP. We hope you will find it an easy way to find anything in our website. We welcome your comments! Please click the “Contact” button at top left to send a message.
On the top right are three new buttons: (1) The magnifying glass indicating “search” for books or other library resources in our Catalog; (2) an “age group” button since many of our events are targeted toward four basic age groups: babies & toddlers, older children, teens, adults & seniors; and (3) a “like” button for reaching our three social media channels on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.
Common wisdom says WYSIWYG or “What you see is what you get,” but that is not true about websites. Online, it is very important to scroll down the page with the scroll bar or the wheel on your mouse to see “what lies beneath.” On our web page, scrolling down will show more features including “Staff Stories” which contains this column or previous editions of it, our Teen Zone blog, and more. The next feature is “Happenings” on our calendar, and the page ends with a place for patrons to join our mailing list. Don’t miss this chance to stay informed about the high-quality free programs and resources offered by WBRPL. There is also a button to download this newsletter to your PC or other device. Our quarterly newsletters contain an excellent overview of the many resources we offer. Collect them all!
Please let us know what you think about our new website. Until next time, this is…