This blog post was written by Director and Bob Bullock Archivist Mary Goolsby.
The old adage that time flies when you’re having fun rings true for me today as I celebrate 25 years as a member of the Baylor University Libraries Team. I have been fortunate to have great supervisors who were also mentors, encouraging me to stretch and grow personally and professionally.
Ruthann McTyre was head of the Music Library when I started working at Baylor. I often say “I was raised by Ruthann” to explain my approach to work and life. She encouraged me to go back to school 10 years after I graduated from Baylor to get a master’s degree in library science. I took her advice, and I’m glad I did. The Music Library faculty and staff were special. I recall pranks we pulled on each other, the day I looked up to find a bat on the ceiling of my office, and projects we successfully completed with joy.
The eight years I spent with John Wilson as my supervisor and mentor were great years. We imagined a better library system for Baylor students and faculty and raised external funds to make some of those dreams come true.
I was so fortunate to know and work with the wonderful donors who gave from their hearts to the libraries; many are still doing so. Meeting and visiting with authors we brought in for the Ferguson-Clark Lecture Series – Ernest Gaines, David McCullough, Lynn Truss, Bruce Feiler, John Meacham, and tenor Ronan Tynan – allowed me to be a literary fangirl in my late thirties.
The last eleven years at Poage Library have been a time of developing technical and management skills and forming relationships with faculty, students, and staff. Ben Rogers was a model of focused work and kindness to others. I never thought I would become an archivist but am proud I pushed myself to learn a new discipline. I love Poage Library and the knowledgeable (and fun) colleagues I get to work with everyday.
The Baylor Libraries are full of extraordinary people with servant hearts and toolkits bursting with just the right knowledge and skill to make a difference for each person they encounter. I am grateful to work alongside them. I feel grateful for 25 years of wonderful mentors, colleagues, donors, and student assistants who make Baylor the gem that she is. I am just grateful to be a part of the Baylor Libraries.