Dispatches from our volunteers, pt. 1

Hi ArLiSNAPpers,

Given that all of us are living in an unprecedented situation in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we thought we’d change up our blog posts to let you hear from our volunteers. You all know that we like to provide pertinent job hunting and career advice, but we are also here for that gentle content during these stressful times!

All of us are students and new professionals, so our work, school, and home lives are in a constant state of change, and we are all in various stages of social distancing, quarantining, or generally working from home (whatever that means). In the interest of connecting with each other and connecting with all of you, I prepared a few questions for our volunteers to answer about their COVID-19 sitch!

Every Wednesday and Friday, you’ll hear from two to three of our volunteers about their WFH set up with corresponding content on our Instagram! We’ll be showing you our home offices and workspaces á la Cribs so that you can see where the real magic happens.

Stay well, and remember: turn the page, wash your hands,

Michele Jennings
2018-2020 ArLiSNAP Co-Moderator


Larry Eames (social media coordinator)

Describe your current learning/working situation in five words: This might as well happen.

What’s been the biggest challenge?: My kitchen table and chairs are not exactly ergonomic. 

Have there been any unexpected issues or opportunities that have come of this?: I have a lot more time to work on research and writing and collection development. I’m also new in my liaison areas, so having a reason to reach out to faculty to give them library updates is also giving me the opportunity to solidify my relationships with my departments.

Name one non-work related activity you’ve been able to get to that you otherwise might not have?: I’m trying lots of complicated recipes and making better use of my patio, both of which are feeding my impulse toward home improvement.


Autumn Wetli (job postings and professional development opportunities)

Describe your current learning/working situation in five words: Dogs are good toddler prep.

What’s been the biggest challenge?: I work reference in my library and right now we are being flooded with questions as our library has closed and regular services have been altered. It feels a little overwhelming right now. I also manage 3 staff and 13 students, so yeah, that’s a lot of coordinating!

Have there been any unexpected issues or opportunities that have come of this?: I’m hoping once things settle a bit I will have more of an opportunity to focus on writing/research. My work team has started a writing group channel on Slack so we can stay connected, encourage and support one another with our writing during these strange times. 

Name one non-work related activity you’ve been able to get to that you otherwise might not have?: So many more nature and dog walks!


Sarah Bilotta (blog editor)

Describe your current learning/working situation in five words: hoping I don’t overload Zoom

What’s been the biggest challenge?: The first two days were especially stressful because I’m a cataloger so, even though I was trying to be open minded, I was pretty sure I couldn’t do my job from home. I am writing this on day three, and I’m shocked by the amount of things I need to get done that don’t require physical access to our collection.

Have there been any unexpected issues or opportunities that have come of this?: Issues: When I run into a problem, I can’t just run into the stacks and check the physical copy of an item to confirm that the item in hand matches the description I’m looking at.

Opportunities: WOW, I’ve learned so much about all the tools available for virtual conferencing, and being able to screen-share is amazing. It’s opened me up to a whole new way to collaborate with people I’m not sitting right next to.

Name one non-work related activity you’ve been able to get to that you otherwise might not have?: I ride my bike every day after work. There’s hardly any traffic on the roads, and I have extra time to do it, so it’s great!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *