Meet the Staff: Richard Segel
What is your title?
Collection Services Assistant
Can you explain to our readers what you do using non-librarian terms?
I open the mail - the beginning of the pipeline for new materials. I check in the materials and make sure they go to the appropriate location or person -- to the stacks as new issues, to Kathleen [MacAndrew] for cataloging, etc. I help at the circulation desk when the need arises. I also complete collection related projects -- book moves, making space in the stacks, etc.
Another big task I do is "looseleaf filing". Some publications come in looseleaf binders and the pages need to be replaced and interfiled regularly (so that they are updated). [Eds. note -- this task is super important and takes a lot of attention to detail so that the right pages are removed, and the new pages are added where they belong.]
What is your favorite reading genre?
History, because if we don't learn from history we don't learn. All history -- throw a dart and that's what I will read.
What part of your job is most satisfying?
Helping students that appear to be “lost” in the stacks. I try to help them to the best of my capacity and then lead them to the reference librarians for additional assistance if I cannot help.
What’s the most profound positive change you’ve seen in the library since you joined it?
Going from a primarily physical collection--books and microforms--to more digital materials and moving toward technology as it becomes available.
We hear that you are a sports fan. What’s your favorite sport and team?
I don't have one favorite. I like the New York Yankees for baseball and the Montreal Canadiens for hockey. [Eds. note: Richard was born and raised in Upstate New York, so he gets a pass from the Boston fans in the library.]
Name something you dislike, but everyone else seems to love.
The Kardashians. [Eds. note - AGREED!]