Meet a Member: Dorothy J. Hargett

Where do you work?
Regent University Library

What is your current position?
Librarian and Head of Access Services

When did you first know that you wanted to be a librarian?
I had been working for a government contractor for 15 years at a naval base, when a previous boss called me and said his wife (Head of Circulation) was looking for an assistant at the library. Since I had been thinking about a change in my career I thought this was a God-send and almost 20 years later I am still here enjoying serving all of the patrons.

What was your first library job?
Assistant Circulation Supervisor

What is your favorite part of librarianship?
My favorite part of librarianship is serving the patrons. I love the aha moments and smiles coming from a patron that just got clarity on a research problem. It brings me great joy to provide a service that has been requested from students, faculty, staff and the community.

What is the funniest thing that has ever happened to you on the job?
The funniest thing that has happened to me in the library: At one of our library events the resident photographer took candid pictures of everyone, as usual. However, throughout the year I kept finding pictures of myself posted in the most unlikely places, like all of the bulletin boards, and offices other than mine. Almost a year after the event I found another picture. Everyone had a big laugh—crazy.

If you could have anything in the universe installed in your office for your personal use, what would it be?
A robot assistant to keep me organized and on top of things at all times.

What is something your colleagues would be surprised to know about you?
I have played the saxophone since the 4th grade.

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