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Know Your Librarian: Traci

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Traci might be a familiar face at our circulation desk but did you know she was promoted?!? She’s now our Assistant Librarian Cataloger. This means that she gets to see all the new items being added to our collection as soon as they arrive at the library. We’re all jealous!!!!  


Hi Traci! Congratulations on the promotion. We can’t wait to learn a bit more about you. We’ve got some questions ready so let’s dive right in. First, we have to ask, what’s your favorite genre of book or movie?

First, it’s been awesome working at HSL and getting to know so many amazing people in the Hollis community! My favorite genre is literary nonfiction. Next, nonfiction (particularly nonfiction about World War II and Vietnam). I also love dystopian fiction. For film, I like dystopian sci-fi and Italian and French New Wave.

What hobby would you get into if time and money weren’t an issue?

I would learn to fly planes. I’d also own and operate a bed & breakfast and start a library in the living room. On the property, I would build a farm sanctuary and rescue animals. I’d also love to be a travel writer, mostly for the traveling part.

What are you interested in that most people haven’t heard of?

I am interested in information retrieval design — how people find information in various capacities. For example, how do people locate what they are looking for on a website? Or how does one design a database for ease of use? As the new Cataloger at HSL, I hope to ensure that items in the catalog have multiple ways of being searched. I am also currently studying these ideas in my Library and Information Science program.

What form of public transportation do you prefer? (air, boat, train, bus, car, etc.)

My motorcycle X 10,000. That’s my favorite mode of transportation and one of my favorite things to do. When I am on the bike, wherever I am is my favorite place to be. For public transportation, I’d say flying in a plane — I love the window seat because I like to look at the boundary-less land below.

Would you rather go hang gliding or whitewater rafting?

Hang gliding!!! Better yet, motor-powered paragliding!

Where is the most interesting place you’ve been?

I think the desert in Arizona and Southern California. Joshua Tree and the Yucca Valley is a really fascinating place and there are a lot of artists there, including my favorite artist, Andrea Zittel. But my favorite place is the middle of the redwoods on the coast of northern California.

What fictional place would you most like to go?

I’d love to travel through the black hole featured in the movie, Interstellar. Other black holes I’d like to travel through are from the movies, Space Odyssey 2001 and Contact. I’d also love to travel into the future via The Time Machine (just maybe not the future that H.G. Wells envisioned!).

What pets did you have while you were growing up?

Cats! And a Basset Hound named, Howard.

What book impacted you the most?

The Yellow Wallpaper, a novella by Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1892). Also, A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf (1929). But my favorite authors are Rebecca Solnit (a San Francisco-based essayist and map-maker), George Orwell, Ray Bradbury, and H.G. Wells.

Are you an introvert or an extrovert?

I think I am on the cusp, but probably more introverted. I hope to see you soon at the library!