Happy National Library Lovers’ Month from Dunwoody College of Technology!
Did you know February is National Library Lovers’ Month? Help Dunwoody celebrate by getting to know one of the College’s newest employees: Head Librarian Marcus Seraphine!
Q&A With Marcus Seraphine:
Q: Where did you grow up?
A: I grew up in Brooklyn Center, so not too far from Dunwoody.
Q: What was your job prior to joining Dunwoody?
A: My last job was being the librarian at Kamehameha Schools- Maui Campus in Hawaii.
Q: Why did you decide to work at Dunwoody/move back to MN?
A: I am originally from the Twin Cities, so I have always known about Dunwoody. I have a few family members and friends from high school who have gone through programs here and they all had positive things to say about the college. So, when I saw there was an opening here in my field I was really interested in it.
I have not really lived in Minnesota since high school. I did my undergraduate degree in Education at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and after that I taught in Chippewa Falls and South Korea. I came back to the U.S. to get a Master’s in Library Science and worked in the library at Chippewa Valley Technical College before going to Hawaii for two years. After all of that moving around I wanted to try and find something closer to family.
Q: What’s your favorite thing about Dunwoody:
A: I really like how there are so many different programs/areas of study going on in such a small space. It is really interesting to be able to walk from a machine shop on the Black Level, to a photo studio on the Red Level, and then be able to listen to a guest speaker in the McNamara. Also Fred’s waffle fries in the cafeteria are really good.
Q: How long have you known you wanted to be a librarian:
A: I am a little surprised I became a librarian. It was never a career I thought I would get into growing up. I did not know I wanted to be a librarian until I was in college. I was an Education major and during my third year of college I started working in my university’s library. It seemed like a lot of the things the librarians were doing were very similar to what I was learning about in my Education classes and it felt like a good fit for me.
Q: What are a few of your hobbies?
I like to travel, go to concerts, watch football, and find new restaurants.
Q: What is your favorite book?
Asking a librarian/former English teacher to choose their favorite book is really difficult! I have to pick at least two. I mostly read nonfiction, historical fiction, or science fiction. One of my favorite books is called Shantaram. It’s a novel about an Australian man who escapes from prison and starts a new life in India. My other favorite is A Canticle for Leibowitz. That is a science fiction book about what happens in the United States after a nuclear war.
Q: Anything else students should know about you?
A: It’s ok to talk in the library; I won’t “shush” you.
Welcome to Dunwoody, Marcus, and Happy National Library Lovers’ Month to all!