Reference librarian connects college to library

Photo submitted to Times Observer Warren Public Library Reference Assistant and Jamestown Community College Reference Librarian and Adjunct Instructor Jenn Knisley will be the subject of an online Meet and Greet at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24.

The reference room is full of all kinds of sources of information.

One particular source in the Warren Public Library reference room has information about college life.

Since 2011, Jenn Knisley has been a reference assistant at the library. Since 2008, she has been a Reference Librarian and Adjunct Instructor at Jamestown Community College.

Teen Services Specialist Amanda Bajdo thinks it’s high time for Knisley to be part of the references.

A virtual Meet and Greet with both Knisley and Bajdo is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24.

“Get to know more about how she can help you in the reference department and get a chance to ask questions about college life,” Bajdo, whose office is at the back of the reference room until renovation of the Teen Space in the basement is complete, said. “She is full of knowledge. She knows everything that is in this room.”

Knisley has a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and minors in archaeology and history from Edinboro University and a master’s degree in library science with a concentration in special libraries from Clarion University.

In addition to working at the library at JCC, she also teaches two online courses.

She works at the Warren Public Library on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 p.m. to close. She prefers books in the dystopian, fantasy, and horror genres.

Bajdo said the library is one of the last places where “everyone is accepted as-is” with nothing to buy and no membership required.

Her hours are from Monday through Friday from about 11 a.m. to close.

The Meet and Greet will be held via Google Classroom. “They will have to email teens@warrenlibrary.org to get a link,” Bajdo said.

“The Meet and Greet session is for them to get to know her, her background, what she does both with the library and the college,” Bajdo said. “Mainly, it’s designed more as open forum… less lecture.”

In turn, the librarians hope to get to know the teens, “their interests, whether they’re thinking about going to college… a nice conversation more than anything,” she said.

The series will continue with one event a month at least through May.

At 4:30 p.m. Thursday, March 10, the subject will be Teen Local History and Genealogy at the Library.

Teen Book Report Night will be held at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 14.

The final event on the schedule so far is set for 4:30 p.m. Thursday, May 12, and is entitled Music at the Library.


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