Librarian News! New Librarians

Welcoming new staff, and celebrating staff changes at Highline, Whatcom, Grays Harbor, and South Puget Sound.

South Puget Sound Community College: New Adjunct Faculty — A warm welcome to Emily Waugh, our new adjunct librarian at South Puget Sound Community College. She grew up in Lexington, Massachusetts and attended Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, graduating with a BA in Anthropology and American Studies in 2003. In 2005, Emily moved west, first living in Seattle and then Vancouver, British Columbia, where she received her MLIS from the University of British Columbia in 2008. After graduation, Emily settled in Olympia where her husband had found work as a forester. She enjoys running, reading, traveling, and exploring this great state with her family. Emily also works as an Adjunct Reference Librarian at Grays Harbor College. Submitted by Lily Kun.

Grays Harbor College is pleased to welcome adjunct librarian Khyle Sutton! Khyle started with us in fall quarter, taking an evening shift, Saturdays and any other hours we can drum up! He comes to us from Northern California having received his MLIS degree in 2013 from the University Washington. Khyle jumped right in to the whirlwind of fall quarter, doing an admirable job adjusting to the nuances of a small community college library.

Looking back at the quarter, Khyle has been a great help with assisting students, collection development, and compiling information for our upcoming Bachelors of Applied Science degree.He can be reached directly at and has been known to lurk on the CLAMS list.

We are thrilled to have Khyle on our staff here at GHC and hope everyone has the opportunity to meet him in the future! Submitted by Adrienne Roush.

Highline College would like to welcome Christina Nilsen to our staff as a part-time reference librarian. She is recently arrived to Seattle from Canada, and brings a wealth of reference and teaching experience as well as numerous photos of her two new cats, Johnny Cash (all black fur) and Willie Nelson (grizzled gray). Submitted by Deb Moore.

Whatcom Community College library has had some changes in personnel. Director Linda Lambert retired effective end of the summer 2014. No new director has yet been installed. Librarian Jon McConnel has moved to a full-time position with the Whatcom County Librarian System – our loss, their gain. Heather Williams, formerly head of the library’s Technical Services department, earned her library degree while in Whatcom’s employ and is now our newest adjunct librarian. In addition to her being an all-around good colleague, she is a language nerd and Star Trek geek. Heather’s position has been filled by Brett Straka, someone new to us with both archives and library experience. We hope to develop a pool of substitute librarians so that we can handle the vagaries of people’s schedules – things have been a bit hectic for us this fall. Submitted by Sally Sheedy.

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