2012 Eureka Fellow: Nancy Andrus
A musician, hiker, fisherman, mom of three daughters, information junkie, and poor but earnest softball player. That’s who I am in my off time. At work I’m not so different. I’m a musical, adventurous, curious librarian who tries new things and gets a charge out of taking care of people. This is what’s great about librarianship. At its best, it’s a job that takes shape around the characteristics of its owner. My good luck was to find this fit at Sunnyvale Public Library.
Years ago I began my career as a Geriatrics research assistant at Stanford University. I left Stanford to raise my daughters. Once my youngest was ready for school, I began to teach preschool. A few years back I completed my MLIS at San Jose State and then took a part-time job in the Children’s Department at Menlo Park Public Library. Eighteen months ago I landed in the Sunnyvale Children’s Department. This position has since grown to include coordinating the Special Outreach Services program, which primarily serves the homebound elderly. It took a while, but my wandering path – adventure, music, the very young and the very old – it’s led me here. Now for a way to work in softball….
What a thrill it is to be included among this year’s Eureka! fellows. I’m excited to part of this group of motivated, energetic librarians. We’re an eclectic bunch, I’m sure. But I expect we’re connected by our desire to find new ideas, creative resources, and kindred spirits who love a challenge and who want to make things happen. I can’t wait to see what September brings.