Meet our newbie knitter and former Chicago resident

Rebecca Karlis is the Marygrove College Library’s newest librarian. She began working with us in June 2012 and hit the ground running as our Reference & Instructional Services librarian. She helps students and faculty during the research process, she teaches information literacy sessions in the library’s e-classroom, and she’s the liaison to the art, dance, music, and psychology departments.

In 2005, Rebecca received her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and her Bachelor of Arts in Advertising from Michigan State University. In 2011 she graduated with her Master of Library and Information Science from Wayne State University. Her professional interests include information literacy, open access, educational technology, and information and communications technologies. During her free time she likes to bike and do yoga, and she’s a “newbie at knitting.” Here’s more, in her own words:

I followed a strange path into libraries.  After my undergraduate degree I was determined to work for the advertising agency Leo Burnett in Chicago, so determined that I packed up and moved to Chicago to pursue the dream.  After a year of working retail and interning at a non-profit I ended up finding a lead that helped me get hired at the media-purchasing company owned by Leo Burnett.  In reality the position turned out to not be a good fit and after a brief stint I left to find work that had more inherent meaning.  I first really fell in love with libraries during that move to Chicago because when I first moved there I spent a lot of time at the Harold Washington Branch orienting myself to the city, but I chose to switch careers to librarianship while volunteering at the Rochester Public Library in Michigan.

Stop by and visit Rebecca when you get a chance – she’s a gem! We’ll leave you to contemplate two of her favorite library quotes:

“Knowledge is of two kinds. We know a subject ourselves, or we know where we can find information about it.”
Samuel Johnson

“I discovered me in the library. I went to find me in the library. Before I fell in love with libraries, I was just a six-year-old boy. The library fueled all of my curiosities, from dinosaurs to ancient Egypt. When I graduated from high school in 1938, I began going to the library three nights a week. I did this every week for almost ten years and finally, in 1947, around the time I got married, I figured I was done. So I graduated from the library when I was twenty-seven. I discovered that the library is the real school.”
Ray Bradbury

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