Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Library Limelight: Karla Rodriguez, Information Specialist, Sharon Forks Library

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

Karla Rodriguez
Information Specialist
Sharon Forks Library

Where is your hometown?
I started in Guatemala, then moved to Panama, then Colombia, then Florida, then Ohio, and now Georgia…so maybe that makes the Americas my hometown!
How long have you been at FCPL?
One year (Yay!)
What other jobs have you had at FCPL?
I was an IS at Cumming for a year, but now I’m here at Sharon Forks! 
Why did you choose to work in a library?
It was through the resources available in public libraries that I was able to learn English in the first place. Naturally, I wanted to be just like my childhood heroes and become a librarian.
Describe your job in five words or less.
Every day is totally different. 
What is unique about your job?
I get to talk with people of all ages, backgrounds, and personalities. The number of things I learn in one day from everyone is staggering, but it is always fun to receive so many reminders of how big and diverse the world really is!
What is your favorite part of your job?
Libraries are one of the few places left that provide services without profit being the main focus. It always feels great to be able to help folks find solutions to their problems, no matter how big or small. 
What’s the most interesting place you’ve lived or traveled?
Through a study abroad program I was able to visit a few places in Spain and even Gibraltar. I also took a family trip to Niagara Falls a while back, but nothing can beat the very first time I went to Ohio. I had never seen snow, corn fields, deer, geese, or so much flat open land before. The whole thing felt surreal! 
What are your hobbies?
I love a good food adventure, playing video games, traveling, watching movies, working with animals, and most shocking of all…reading!
What are you reading right now?
I’m hoping to start Elevation by Stephen King soon, but currently I’m finishing up Acceptance by Jeff Vandermeer.
Paper books, eBooks, or audiobooks?
All of them! (But paper feels the most fun.)