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?
Spring into new titles at Hirsh Library!
Since the new year, we’ve added a long list of books to our collection, including a great many new releases on nutrition. Be sure to check the NEW BOOKS display above the journal wall on the 4th floor in your travels, as they are rotated frequently.
…and if you need to take a break from reading, here are two highly recommended films that have been added this month.
As always, if there’s a book out there that you think the library should own, please let us know!
Please join us giving a warm welcome to our new Collections Assistant, Sia Samiean!
Sia studied Art History and Painting at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and Tufts University for three years, but ultimately graduated from Laguna College of Art and Design in California with a Bachelor’s in Painting and Illustration. After five years as a Lead Bookseller for Barnes & Noble, he went on to Harvard Widener Library to assist with the “Smart-Barcoding” Project. He then worked for the Internet Archive based in the Boston Public Library as a Book Digitizing Operator with a principal focus on digitizing the John Adams Library. Most recently, he worked as an Inventory Control Manager for Crate and Barrel. We’re so happy to have him as a member of our staff!
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