Questions with Puron is a social media series launched by the RIPS PR & Recruitment Committee to highlight the diverse views and professional strategies of the constituents of Research Instruction and Patron Services Special Interest Section (RIPS-SIS). Twice per month, our beloved penguin mascot poses a series of questions to one of the many librarians who make up RIPS. Puron talked with Emma Wood, Associate Librarian at the UMass Dartmouth School of Law Library in Dartmouth, MA & the New RIPS Law Librarian Blog Editor!
Puron: What lead you to law libraries?
Emma: Call it happenstance or serendipity but I, like many others, fit into the category of accidental law librarian. I started my career in public libraries and I fell in love with serving the community. There is something extremely gratifying about connecting a person with the piece of information that they need. After completing my MLS, I found a full-time position in the circulation department of the Carney Library at UMass Dartmouth. I stayed there for a few years getting familiar with academic librarianship. Eventually a position opened up at the UMass Dartmouth Law Library across town. The rest is history.
Puron: What’s a professional achievement you’re proud of?
Emma: The achievement I am most proud of is less of a tangible thing and more of a feeling. I am so pleased with the welcoming, comfortable environment that we have created at the UMass Law Library for students. I think that we have succeeded in making the library inviting by reducing some of the preconceived notions about what a library should be. Everyone is welcome, conversation is encouraged, and we strive for excellent, personal service. I am also really proud of the fact that I have grown into law as an area of expertise. I started with a passion for librarianship but no law focus, and I have managed to marry the two.
Puron: What is your dream vacation destination for when it is safe to travel again?
Emma: This past year has definitely given me an opportunity to think about this question! I have always wanted to visit Ireland and that remains true. At the time of writing this, international travel is still a bit restricted. I love the show The Office so I would enjoy a visit to Scranton, PA to check out The Steamtown Mall, Poor Richard’s Pub, Cooper’s Seafood, and all of the other spots referenced in the show. And of course, I wouldn’t turn down going somewhere warm and tropical.
Puron: What is your favorite app (or what app can’t you live without)?
Emma: I have come to rely upon all of the food delivery apps. A comfort in the pandemic for me has been having my favorite foods show up at my front door. It’s something that I will continue to use in the future, although hopefully not as often.
Puron: What’s is some good advice that you have received?
Emma: I am currently reading Lead from the Outside by Stacey Abrams so all of her encouragement and ideas to achieve goals are fresh on my mind. I expected the book to be a bit more autobiographical, but it is an excellent self-help read. Anyway, she has good advice about “daring to want more” where she suggests that you 1. identify what you want 2. ask yourself why you want it and 3. determine the path to get there. Simple questions, but important for pushing yourself forward.
We hope you enjoyed getting to know Emma. If you would like to hear from more members, join the conversation on our Twitter RIPS-SIS (@RIPS_SIS) or connect with us on Facebook facebook.com/PuronRIPS/. The PR & Recruitment Committee will also be reaching out to select members for participation in this series. If you would like to be featured, or want to recommend someone, please contact the committee.