Friday, November 7, 2014

Library Limelight: Daisy Papa, Materials Department

Library Limelight is intended to be a quick read to help FCPL patrons get to know our librarians and staff.  We hope you enjoy learning about the people who make our libraries great!

Daisy Papa
Cataloging Supervisor
Materials Department, Headquarters

Where is your hometown?
Dover, New Jersey

How long have you been at FCPL?
10 years

What other jobs have you had at FCPL?I’ve been a Collection Support Aide (CSA), a Materials Processor, and a Cataloging Assistant.

Why did you choose to work in a library?
Ten years ago, I had two young daughters at home and I wanted part-time work that offered some flexibility. Working as a CSA filled those needs and I’ve always loved to read, so it was a perfect fit.

Describe your job in five words or less.
It’s detail-oriented work.

What is unique about your job?
The level of detail and precision required to maintain the information is something unique to libraries.

What is your favorite part of your job?
I get a great deal of satisfaction from finding and fixing mistakes. If we make sure that the records are accurate and coded correctly, then our patrons can find exactly what they need in the catalog.

What’s the most interesting place you’ve lived or traveled?
Brazil is the most interesting place I’ve lived. The people were so friendly and, as a society, they offered women with children more consideration—special  express lines at the supermarket and bank, for example—than we’re accustomed to here in the U.S.

Thailand is the most interesting place I’ve traveled. After living in the States and then Central and South America, it was interesting to observe cultural differences in Asia—smells and sights of walking on the streets, riding in a tuk-tuk (a motorized rickshaw), and people leaving flowers and offerings to statues of Buddha.

What are your hobbies?
I enjoy reading and working outside—it’s my chance to enjoy a little peace and quiet.

What are you reading right now?
Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea by Barbara Demick. I don’t typically go for non-fiction, but this one was recommended by my husband and has been an interesting read.

Paper books or eBooks?
Paper, definitely. No one in my family even owns an eReader.