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Mary Jordan ’07 ’11 - Library Science graduate - Boone, NC

A student's scholarship leads to a career

September 6, 2011

As an undergraduate political science student, Mary Jordan ’07 ’11 enjoyed working at the university library so much that she decided to pursue a graduate degree in library science at Appalachian.

“The best part of my experience at Appalachian was working in Belk Library,” Jordan said. When it came time to choose a graduate school “Appalachian just felt right again,” she said.

Jordan’s passion for library work was inspired not only by the library’s facilities but also its staff.

“The library has so many available resources for students to help them succeed,” Jordan said. “The staff goes out of their way to help patrons and want the best for them. When you work here, you realize what is available at your fingertips.”

Jordan received the first graduate student scholarship offered by the library for its student employees. “Receiving the scholarship was recognition that what I do really matters,” she said. “It feels so good to know that I am appreciated.”

After graduating with her undergraduate degree in political science, Jordan took a year off from academic life before she began her graduate studies. When she came back, she said the opportunity to work at Belk Library while in graduate school helped her make the connections that ultimately led to her long-term employment with the library.

After graduate school, Jordan worked at Belk Library as a non-student temp for a year while she looked for permanent positions. During that time she received three job offers all in one week, she said. She accepted two of the positions: one full-time position at Belk Library and a part-time position at the specialized library at the Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine in Sugar Grove.

Jordan’s advice for future students? “Try your best and be open for new experiences.”