Ever wonder what the faculty and staff at the Pollak Library are working on? The “Faculty & Staff Spotlight” blog column aims to highlight some of the exciting projects we are working on, and profile our talented library team.
A Q&A with Keri Prelitz, our new Collection Development and Management Librarian.
What is your name and title?
My name is Keri Prelitz, and I am the Collection Development and Management Librarian.
In what section or unit of the Pollak Library do you work?
I work in Collection & Processing Services.
What is your job in a nutshell?
In short, I monitor the collection materials budget, and I work with subject and acquisitions librarians to reach decisions regarding the addition and removal of library resources. I also regularly assess the library collection to make sure that it is meeting the evolving needs of all Pollak Library patrons.
What are you working on right now?
Currently I am working to fulfill faculty requests to ensure the library has the materials they need for their courses. I am also allocating funds to our subject librarians who make purchasing decisions in their areas of expertise. The Collection Development and Acquisitions teams and I have been analyzing a lot of usage statistics lately as it has been renewal season for a lot of library resources. I am continuing to analyze the collection in hopes of finding ways that the library can provide more materials needed by students. Lastly, I am gathering as much information about CSUF as I can, so I can better understand the community that the Library serves.
How long have you been at the Pollak Library?
I started at the end of June, so only 2 1/2 months.
Have you held any other jobs with Cal State Fullerton?
No, this is my first position at Cal State Fullerton.
Do you have a favorite accomplishment at the Pollak Library or in a previous position?
I am most proud of just being in this position at Cal State Fullerton and the opportunity to serve such a diverse population and to work with such an amazing team of faculty, staff, and students who are all so dedicated to the continued growth and improvement of the University. It really is a city unto itself with a strong sense of community, and I hope I can continue to stay on top of collection development trends, to contribute to and serve this community, and that my favorite professional accomplishments are yet to come.
What are your research interests?
I am very interested in analyzing collections in regards to diversity and inclusivity.
What are your passions or interests outside of work?
I have twin 3 1/2 year-old boys, so my main interests at the moment are walking through my apartment without stepping barefoot on a Lego, managing to get to work without food on my clothes or in my hair, and maintaining my sanity.
What is the last book you read, or the last book you loved?
The last book I read was Smiley Shark to my kids last night, but I can’t wait to start reading Ronald Dahl books to them, especially BFG. A book that I love but have to keep out of the reach of my kids due to all the loose pieces is S. by Dorst and Abrams.
What is a website, database or digital tool that you recently discovered and recommend?
I recently learned about Library Extension for Chrome and Firefox. This is a browser extension that when you are shopping for books on line will show you if they are available at your local libraries, thus saving you money and supporting libraries. Win, win!