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Meet the Learning Commons Staff: Claudia DeAlmeida

Interview by Hannah Goodall, Learning Commons Coordinator


How long have you worked at RWU Architecture Library?

I’ve been the Circulation Coordinator at the Architecture Library since March of 2007. My responsibilities include working with faculty and students with their questions and searches, taking care of faculty reserves, supervising and training work study students and helping to maintain the Architecture Library collection equipment.


What drew you to working in the Architecture Library?

When this position became available I was working in the Cataloging Department at the University Library. It was an interesting opportunity with regards to learning the detail that goes into an item record and what is needed to process an item. However, I missed the daily interaction with patrons and helping with their research. I thought it would be a right fit for me.


Have you always worked in a library?

I actually have my Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. I was a teacher for a few years in a Catholic school. I taught third graders and then kindergarten. From there I moved on to the Fall River Public Library where I was hired as a Circulation Supervisor. In 2001, I came to work at the University Library.


Besides books about architecture, what books are located in the Architecture Library that students might like?

Our collection has approximately 20,000 books. The majority is Architecture books but we also have an interesting collection of books that touch a number of topics such as art, engineering, and sustainability. Based on my experience with helping students, it all depends on how they want to approach their research. We’ve had Psychology and Education majors browse our collection to see how these fields can relate to architecture. I believe it all depends on how they approach a topic and can associate it to their interests.


What do you like best about your job?

There’s a lot that I like about my job. I love the environment of the Architecture Library. The fact that we are located right in the SAAHP building is a wonderful asset for our patrons as well as for the library. We are able to be very familiar with the materials in our collection. We also have the opportunity to really get to know our patrons. It’s a very rewarding feeling when you help someone find something they need. It’s great to see how students mature through their years here. Some are here for six years for the Master’s program so you really get to know them. I’ve also developed a greater appreciation of architecture.


What book are you currently reading?

I actually just started the book The Things We Keep by Sally Hepworth. I just finished reading The Good Girl and Pretty Baby by Mary Kubica. My tendency is once I find an author whose work I enjoy reading, I tend to go through their material.


I’ve noticed that you like to watch a lot of movies, what is your favorite genre and what is the best movie you’ve seen recently?

When given the opportunity, I tend to go for a good thriller. Something that will capture the viewer’s attention and keep us guessing until the end. I just watched True Story and really enjoyed it.


Outside of work, what hobbies or activities do you enjoy?

I’m not a professional by any means, but I really enjoy photography. I’m always the one at parties or family events taking pictures. That led me to develop an interest in scrapbooking which I find very relaxing. My husband and I love to travel. We enjoy going on cruises and getting a peek at different places we’d like to return and someday spending more time there. We also spend a lot of weekends watching and attending New England Revolution or Patriots games with family and friends. We love the excitement of being at a game.


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Photos: Claudia DeAlmeida