New Staff Profile: Georgia Westbrook

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Georgia Westbrook, OER and Instruction Librarian

Where were you born?

I was born and raised in the Southern Tier region of New York, which is about three hours from New York City by car.

Where else have you lived?

I haven’t lived anywhere else, so I am very excited to move to the city and to try someplace new!

What languages do you speak?

I am only fluent in English, but I dabbled in French and Latin during high school and undergrad, and I hope to pick up French again soon.

What fields have you studied and/or degrees have you earned?

I have a bachelor’s degree in art history and a master’s degree in library and information science.

 What is the part of your job that you enjoy the most?

I most enjoy helping faculty and students find and use free and affordable course resources because it means that students are more engaged and more likely to stay in, and succeed in their classes. Knowing that the work I do can have such a significant impact is so rewarding.

What do you think will be the most challenging part of your job?

I think the most challenging part of the job will be getting in the classroom and teaching whole classes about library resources. I have worked with students one-on-one at the reference desk during graduate school, so I am excited to translate that experience — plus what I learn as I work more in this role — to this new responsibility.

Your ideal vacation?

My ideal vacation is a week on the beach with lots of sleeping, swimming, and reading books.  

Any hobbies?  

Like most other librarians, I love to read, and I enjoy cooking and baking, too.

Favorite food?

This changes all the time, but right now, my favorite food is key lime pie.

Tell us one thing about yourself that most of us probably don’t know.

I can drive a stick shift.