Karen Newmeyer, Queen of the Broadview Library
Published on May 19, 2014 by Staff Writer
Broadview University-Orem is extremely lucky to have Karen Newmeyer on the team. Her dedication to the library is just the beginning of all the great things she does for the staff and students. Recently, she led the charge to create a cookbook of staff recipes (I am talking about some real culinary delights!). I recently had the opportunity to ask her a few questions to get her story as to how we got so lucky to have her on our team.
Tell me a little about yourself.
I was raised on a farm in Idaho, hoeing and thinning sugar beets. My 5th grade teacher told my mother not to bother sending me to college as it would be a waste of money. My mom didn’t believe her and didn’t tell me what my teacher had said until the day I graduated from law school.
What made you want to pursue the world of library science?
I have always loved learning and was pursuing a secondary education degree at BYU but decided I wanted a less structured educational setting. I don’t even know where the idea came to get a master of library science, but it was the best decision I ever made.
What does the library have to offer?
It is statistically proven that students that regularly access the library resources have higher grades and higher retention and completion rates.
Any advice for new students?
The more the students come to the library, the better they do in school. It is just a fact. The library has more than just a printer and computers; it has books, newspapers, magazines, and even better, a librarian who knows how to access information. Now with their iPads, the students have full access to all the library databases, eBooks, and can find actual “real” books in the library. Furthermore, the more you read, in all areas of knowledge, the more your mind can accept and retain new knowledge (I just made that up, but I believe it is true).
Any final thoughts?
In the final analysis, it doesn’t matter how much you know as much as who you know. Making connections with people who can mentor you is vital to success in whatever program you are in. Students need to make use of all the great people here at the Orem campus that can help them make those connections. Cultivate good relationships with faculty, staff and fellow students and then, when established in your chosen profession, pass the favor along. You be the mentor!
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