Big changes at Grays Harbor College!
It all started when Stan Horton announced his retirement…
In the spring we hired an eLearning Coordinator (a brand-new position) named James Umphres. He started shortly before the end of the academic year in June. James came to us from Texas and has wasted no time getting up to speed on Canvas. He has already provided training for faculty and students and outreach across campus. James earned his master’s in Education from the University of Texas at San Antonio and has five years of experience in eLearning.
Along with Stan’s impending departure, two of our part-time librarians moved on, leaving some major gaps in our reference services.
A hiring frenzy began.
We first hired a new Associate Dean for Library, eLearning, and Media Services (New Stan). We are pleased to welcome Ahniwa Ferrari to GHC! Many of you will recognize him from around the state, including time at the State Library (Ask-WA!), Saint Martin’s University, and WebJunction. Ahniwa received his Master’s Degree in Library and Information Studies from McGill University in Montreal. He has been working in the field for 13 years and has extensive experience in all levels of library work including virtual reference, electronic services, program management, and community-building. He is quickly learning about our campus community and the ins-and-outs of a small community college. Ahniwa spends his spare time designing web sites, playing games of all kinds, and planning his next great novel.
To fill out our reference hours we hired 2 part-time librarians, Lauren Welch and Deborah Bancroft.
Lauren splits her time between our reference desk and working at the University of Washington Press. She received her MLIS from the University of Washington in June of 2015. Lauren is staffing our Question Point co-op hours and taking the reins on the library’s blog. When not zipping up and down the I5 corridor, Lauren spends her time biking and hiking when the weather is permitting, and reading when the weather is not!
We are very slowly stealing Deborah from the Timberland Regional Library in Chehalis. She has also spent some time at the Centralia College library. She received her MLIS in 2007 from the Information School at the University of Washington. Deborah is lucky enough to work on Saturdays, with all the fun surprises weekend hours bring to the library. She enjoys gardening, family, birdwatching, learning new things, and, of course, reading.
–Submitted by Adrienne Roush