It is the start of a new year, and many of you have already met our newest librarian, Geraldine Kalim! She will be co-teaching Advanced Legal Research this spring semester alongside our other newest librarian, Associate Director for Instruction and Access Services Heather Simmons. The two sat down for a chat, and Heather interviewed Geraldine with the following questions, adapted from our favorite professional organization, the AALL Professional Engagement, Growth, and Advancement’s blog series: https://pegasisblog.wordpress.com/tag/show-us-your-shelfie/
Favorite Law School Class?
The Innocence Project Clinic at Catholic, which opened my eyes to access to justice issues and the importance of experiential learning.
Running, reading, and baking. My new hobby is knitting – was I like this all along, or does it come with the librarian profession?
Besides your workplace library (naturally), what is the coolest library you have ever seen/been to?
Seattle Public Library – it was so lively and bustling when I visited. Both great atmosphere and gorgeous architecture.
What do you like the most about being a librarian? What do you like the least?
Most: Working with librarians who are so generous with their knowledge and genuinely want their patrons, as well as newcomers to the profession, to succeed.
Least: The dark side of being a “lifetime learner” – the unending TBR (to be read) pile.
What is the best advice you’ve ever been given?
“Eat the ugliest frog first.” It’s a great technique for combatting procrastination.
Mark Twain is supposed to have said, “if the first thing you do each morning is to eat a live frog, you can go through the day with the satisfaction of knowing that that is probably the worst thing that is going to happen to you all day.” But there is no evidence that he ever said this. https://quoteinvestigator.com/2013/04/03/eat-frog/
What was your best day on the job as a librarian?
First day here at the Law Library – I am so happy to be here and thrilled that my life choices have led me back here to Athens (where I was an undergraduate from 2002-2006). I am so looking forward to working with and learning from the amazing librarians here.
What was the last book you read? Digital or Print?
Harbor Me, by Jacqueline Woodson (in print) from the public library. She has a new novel out that I’m planning to read next entitled Red at the Bone.
What’s the last thing you Googled?
Georgia Museum of Art, here on campus
Cats or Dogs?
Dogs, but I love all animals.
Coffee or Tea?
Coffee. I have an espresso maker in my office – stop in and I’ll make you an espresso!
How many cardigans do you own?
Only seven so far!
Favorite word? Least favorite word?
What’s your perfect Sunday afternoon look like?
On a mild fall day with the windows open, a glass of wine and a big stack of New Yorkers. And then everyone takes a nap.