LIZZY: Hi Fran! Thanks for agreeing to sit down for an interview with me!
First question…what is your name?
FRAN FORET: My name is Fran Foret and…
L: Can I call you Frances?
F: Yes, yes you may call me Frances
L: What do you do at the library?
F: My title is Head of Collections Management and a lot of people think that means I collect money for the library. But what it means is that I spend money for the library to make sure that the library has the resources—books, journals, databases—that we need for our students so they can become the professionals that they need to become. My staff and I work hard to make sure that we have the right materials and that they are accessible to our patrons through our library’s website.
L: That’s great! And what did you do before you came to Hirsh?
F: Before I came to Hirsh, I was the serials librarian at Wheaton College library out in Norton, Massachusetts…
L: Oh! I love cereal! And Wheaties is one of my favorite cereals.
F: …They are very very good…
L: So you’ve been at Hirsh for awhile…
F: Yes, I don’t want to say how many years .
L: So what’s your favorite place in the library?
F: I think my favorite place in the library is probably the 4th floor where we have the Library Service Desk, and where you see our librarians and staff interacting with our users. It’s nice to be down there and see all the activity. And right next to there is the Leisure Reading collection, which is another favorite area.
L: Oh, I don’t have time for that…but maybe I should check it out…
F: Yes, Lizzy, you should check it out!
L: Let’s see…do you have any friends that are puppets?
F: I don’t have any friends that are puppets! And you are the first puppet I have ever spoken to! And I’m wondering, since I don’t have any friends that are puppets, if you would be my friend?
L: That…that would be an honor.
F: That makes me very happy.
L: Well, if we’re going to be friends, I’d like to ask you a few personality questions. What’s your favorite ice cream?
L: How do you like your eggs?
F: I like eggs almost any way, but maybe poached eggs are my favorite.
L: Let’s say, if your neighbor needed an egg, would you let your neighbor come over and borrow an egg?
F: Yes, that would be fine…I’m interested as to why you’re so focused on eggs…
L: Well…I…another question…if your neighbor brought you their own egg, would you crack it for them?
F: Yes…if they asked me to crack and egg for them I guess I would do that.
L: Would you crack this egg?
F: Do you promise me that it’s hard cooked?
Are you in a reading rut? Do you need a break from your textbook? The library has recently acquired some new leisure reading books, so swing by our new books section across from the 4th floor library service desk. Here are some of our recently added titles:
- The Secret History by Donna Tartt
- The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
- Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King
- Still Alice by Lisa Genova
- The Boston Girl: A Novel by Anita Diamant
- To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
- The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
What books did we miss? Let us know what you’d like to see in our collection by recommending a purchase.
We’ve recently added several new titles to our collection and we hope you’ll stop by to check them out! If you need a break from your textbook, take a look at our new book section across from the 4th floor library service desk. We have a wide variety of books to choose from. Here are a few of our recent additions:
- Dr. Mütter’s marvels: a true tale of intrigue and innovation at the dawn of modern medicine by Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz
- The monkey’s voyage: how improbable journeys shaped the history of life by Alan de Queiroz
- The body keeps the score: brain, mind, and body in the healing of trauma by Bessel A. van der Kolk, M.D.
- Wild: from lost to found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed
- Resident on call: a doctor’s reflections on his first years at Mass General by Scott A. Rivkees
- Infinitesimal: how a dangerous mathematical theory shaped the modern world by Amir Alexander
Is there something out there that you’d like to see on our shelves? We’re always looking for suggestions, so please feel free to recommend a purchase.
Some new leisure reading books have arrived and are now available on Sackler 4th floor. We’ve got drama, comedy, action, and more! Maybe you’ll find some great weekend or beach reading?
Have you read a great book lately and feel the library should own it? Give us a shout by filling out this book recommendation form!
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