20 Questions with Reference Librarian Carrie Frey
1. Position at Centre?
Reference Librarian. I am also honored to be the Posse Mentor for CP7.
2. Where did you grow up (and describe the place in one phrase or sentence)?
I grew up in Defiance, Ohio, a place much like Danville, Ky., “where everybody knows your name.”
3. What are your hobbies?
I love to read and cook and also enjoy music and movies—particularly documentaries, much to the dismay of my family. Dave and I also like to play Euchre, a card game that was popular in Northwest Ohio.
4. What is your dream vacation?
I would love to go to Rome to visit St. Peter’s Basilica.
5. Favorite artist and/or work of art?
Monet is my favorite artist—the depictions of his garden are so light-filled and lovely. The triptych of Agapanthus was on display in St. Louis when Dave and I visited the Art Museum and the scope of the work was awe-inspiring to say the least: it encompassed the entire back wall of one of the galleries in the museum.
6. Favorite novel or poem?
This is a dangerous question to ask a librarian! How can anyone ever name just one work? I really do love “One Hundred Years of Solitude” by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. I cannot name a single favorite poem, but enjoy Pablo Neruda and Emily Dickinson very much.
7. Favorite sport (to watch or play)?
I love to watch my boys, Kris and Connor, play soccer and to watch Connor and my girl Becky swim. Otherwise, I am not a big follower of pro or college sports.
8. Favorite TV show?
Definitely the older seasons of “The Office.”
9. Favorite album?
This is akin to the favorite novel question, how to choose just one? Mumford and Sons is a recent favorite and Louis Armstrong singing “What a Wonderful World” is probably my all-time favorite. Dave used to sing this to me many moons ago when we were dating.
10. Favorite holiday?
Thanksgiving—no commercialism, just a wonderful and relaxed time spent with family and friends.
11. Favorite food?
German chocolate cake—or salad.
12. Most prized possession?
My grandmother was a huge influence in my life. She was also a wonderful cook. When my grandma died three years ago, my aunt gave me some of the handwritten recipes my grandmother had used often. These mean a great deal to me.
13. Three people, living or deceased, whom you’d invite to the same dinner party?
My husband Dave, because he is so insightful and ALWAYS makes me laugh; Mother Teresa, for the chance to talk to someone who really made a difference every day of her life; and Ella Fitgerald, because she had the most powerful and beautiful voice.
14. Favorite aspect of your job?
I truly love working with the Centre students a great deal. Centre students have a passion for learning and, as a reference librarian, I get the chance every day to learn something new.
15. Most memorable experience of your youth?
Visiting my grandfather’s ranch—he was the foreman—in Jackson Hole, Wyo. I grew up in Northwest Ohio and the mountainous beautiful landscape was like another world to me. I loved seeing my grandfather rope horses and even a bull once—from a very respectable distance.
16. What would you be doing if you weren’t working at Centre?
I really love my job, but I suppose I might try my hand at running a bed and breakfast. I love to cook and meet new people and this would be a great way to do both.
17. Educational experience that’s been most helpful to you?
When I went back to college to pursue my Master’s degree, a level of technical skill was required that I was sorely lacking, but the experience helped me to develop that technical skill, to gain confidence and to apply the skill in my present job. It also taught me not to be afraid of new experiences and to enjoy the challenge inherent in them.
18. Fictional character in whose shoes you’d love to spend a day?
“Little Women” was a favorite book when I was growing up. Like so many young girls, I wanted to be adventurous Jo. There is still some appeal there. Jo is strong and sure of herself and a wonderful writer.
19. Favorite place on campus (and why)?
The library, of course! Grace Doherty Library is a beautiful and relaxing space, yet there is a great deal of activity and energy lent to the space by the students and faculty who use it.
20. Advice you’d give to a first-year college student to make success more likely?
Get—and then stay—organized: life is easier when you know where your stuff is, when your stuff is happening and how to get to your stuff. Ask for help when you need it: there are many, many under-utilized resources on campus, just ask. Make friends with your librarian(s) and other staff members on campus. We can be a huge help to you on your academic journey.