November 1, 2018
Amy Runyon joined the CAMU (Cataloging and Metadata Unit) team in mid-October as the Rare Books Catalog Librarian. She holds a BA in Art History from Lake Forest College in Lake Forest, Illinois and graduated with her MA in Library and Information Science from Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois, in the Spring of 2018.
After graduating with her BA and uncertain of the career path she wanted to follow, Amy moved to Chicago, Illinois and tried out teaching, as a Youth Development Specialist at a charter school. She then went on to work as a retail manager, until finally deciding in 2016 to follow her passion for books and history and enroll in library school. While in school, Amy worked in both Circulation and Technical Services at a public library. She also interned at the Pritzker Military Museum & Library and Chicago History Museum, where she completed original and some copy cataloging of monographs and realia. Most recently, Amy worked as a Project Archivist at the library of her alma mater, Lake Forest College.
Growing up in Indiana and living in the Chicago area the past 13 years, Texas is a new adventure for Amy. She is enjoying getting to explore all the fun things Waco has to offer and the warmer weather! In her spare time, Amy enjoys doing puzzles, horseback riding, traveling, and spending time with friends, family and her cat Aria. Amy is excited to get to know the faculty, staff and students at Baylor and work at an academic institution that places importance on community, scholarship and faith.
Laura Jane Kilgore is one of the newest members of the CAMU team, currently training as an Information Specialist III. With a degree in professional writing and a life-long love for fiction, she’s always appreciated good books but never considered working in a library until recently. Now, you’ll find her next to the big windows looking out into the Gregory Garden in Moody Library, very happy to be surrounded by stacks of books.
After her graduation from the University of Houston – Downtown, Laura Jane spent three years working as a technical writer in the aerospace, real estate, and energy industries in Houston. She gained valuable experience there, but two years ago she became a freelance writer and editor, working on projects ranging from editing autobiographical, fiction, and academic works, to researching and writing journalistic content for Christian organizations. After all the long days and hard work, Laura Jane is very glad for a steady job with rewarding work, happy people, and in the Baylor academic environment. She still plans to keep up with some of her freelance clients in her spare time, but also hopes to pursue some other hobbies like baking, making paper flowers, and writing creatively.
Last summer, Laura Jane moved to Waco from Houston, hoping to escape the traffic and find a solid community in and around Baylor. Here, she enjoys hanging out at Pinewood, hiking in Cameron Park, shopping at the Waco Farmers’ Market, and spending time with her grad-student friends on campus. She is inspired by the community here, loves her church, and looks forward to many happy years at Baylor University in good old Wacotown
Laura Kilgore joins the Cataloging and Metadata Unit of Library Collections Services on October 11th. Her primary job responsibilities will be to collaborate closely with Allison Yanos and Chason Disheroon on a variety of database maintenance-related duties, such as bibliographic record cleanup, withdrawals, inventories, and other related tasks. Additionally, Laura will input bibliographic metadata for the various digital collections. Laura graduated from the University of Houston-Downtown with a degree in Professional Writing, and comes to us with extensive experience in technical writing working for a real estate firm, BP, and NASA. Laura’s phone extension will be 4401 and her email will be Laura_Kilgore@Baylor.edu.