People Profile: Jennifer Calvo
People Profile: Jennifer Calvo
0 by Jennifer Calvo, Former Reference Librarian for the Learning Commons, North Carolina State University Libraries , USA
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Going Green in the Library ...
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as existing equipment or behaviors, as well
as understanding the barriers to overcome,
are part of the planning process. And don’t
be isolated; find out what is going on in your
community and within your larger
organization. True sustainability requires partnership
The entrepreneurial librarian sees crisis
as opportunity. The current environmental
and economic crisis is motivating people and
institutions across the world to rethink
traditional processes towards those that are more
sustainable. We believe libraries and librarians
can serve as progressive exemplars for taking
measurable action in a practical, affordable
manner. The steps towards sustainability
we take in each of our libraries can have a
profound positive impact on the environment,
public budgets and even the behavior of our
You can find the panel’s presentation, as
well as a plethora of resources for Greening
your own Library at:
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guess who were the special guests? Anthony
com> and his lovely wife Sara! They had just
come from the wedding of their son Charles.
You will remember that Charles Watkinson has
been a regular attendee at Charleston.
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against the grain
o Early lifE: I spent most of my early years hanging out in public libraries after
v school. I would sit on the floor and page through 1970’s editions of Better Homes
l and Gardens decorating books. Unfortunately I was never able to convince my
a mother to go with a chartreuse and purple color scheme in the living room.
e f irst Job: A junior camp counselor. There is nothing better than arts and crafts
f in the morning, horseback riding before lunch, and swimming in the afternoon
i after eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.
n ProfEssional carEEr and activitiEs: I have worked and volunteered in a
n variety of library and museum settings, including law firms, public libraries, art
e museums, and science libraries. For the past six years I have worked for ncsu
J libraries . Originally I was hired as a graduate assistant, but was promoted to
the position of Reference Librarian for the learning commons .
in my sP arE timE i likE to: In between visiting museums and botanical
gardens, I like to encourage Soul Train lines in the library.
f avoritE books: Slaughterhouse Five, kurt v onnegut, Mr. Summer’s Story,
Patrick suskind , and The Woman in the Dunes, kobo abe .
PHilosoPHy: Only by occupying the “space between” can we allow ourselves
the time to recognize the amazing beauty in the simplest things… Cupcakes
seem to make everything better as well.
PEt PEEvEs/WHat makEs mE mad: Libraries that want to be innovative and
cutting edge, but do not support the creative talent they hire… Oh, and people
who wear eyeliner, but don’t wear mascara.
most m Eanin Gful car EEr ac HiEv EmEnt: The day a student came back from
visiting an art museum and told me a whole new world opened up for him after
the talk we had about modern art and reading the books I suggested.
Goal i Ho PE to ac HiEv E fiv E y Ears from no W: Hopefully to be in a
leadership role at an institution in which I fully support its mission and share
its creative vision. Did I mention Proust? I should mention reading Proust as
a goal as well…
Preserving the Vitality of Learning Commons
Spaces Through Dynamic Programming:
The Learning Commons After Dark Series
Lwhen planning and maintaining new
ibraries face an interesting challenge
learning spaces. Most are heavily used
spaces designed to facilitate collaborative
learning and social engagement. Attracting
students to the space is not as
much of a challenge as finding
ways to meet the vision of the
space, and keep the space both
vibrant and relevant to the
users. Three key components
to keeping learning spaces
vibrant will be discussed, as
well as programming ideas
from the Learning Commons
After Dark Series.
In 2007, the NCSU Libraries opened D.
H. Hill Library’s Learning Commons, a
space designed to meet the rapidly changing
needs of today’s
students. It is not only
but a student defined
space with mobile
collaborative workspaces. The
flexible design of the
The Learning Commons was immediately
a hit with students. Even after two years the
number of students in the space can top 300 at
eleven o’ clock at night. Students tend to linger
in the space because it accommodates both
their social and academic needs. I like to think
of this type of use of academic library space as
a new addition to a college student’s lifestyle
— a “Learning Commons Lifestyle.”
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