Member of the Month

October 2021 Member of the Month

It is my pleasure to introduce you to Evelyn Hudson.  For the last two years, Evelyn has served with me as an officer in the Community and Technical Roundtable of the Kentucky Library Association.   In April she presented a poster session at ACRL “We Don’t Need Your Elegy.”  I hope you enjoy getting to know Evelyn (She/her).

Evelyn is a Reference and Instruction Librarian at Hazard Community and Technical College in Hazard, Kentucky.  She notes that “at a small community college library we all kind of dabble in everything, including archives, outreach, marketing, tech, etc. My passions are developing instruction materials and managing our culturally vital Appalachian Oral History Collection that documented firsthand accounts of life in Appalachia in the Great Depression and WWII.” Her favorite thing about being a community college librarian:  “I love the intersection of being a community center and academic institution. Our mission emphasizes that intersection and gives us flexibility to work with community organizations to leverage the best of academics and the best of our local entities.”

She has been a CJCLS member since 2017, and says “I enjoy all professional development opportunities offered to me through my memberships. The ability to network is also a great benefit, especially through the COVID pandemic.”

Now for the lighter side. Evelyn has three pets: “A dog named Chewbacca for the noises he made as a pup and occasionally now when my kids play on our piano. We call him Chewy for short. Two rescued kitties my husband found hunkered in a military vehicle, Sugar and Diego.”

If she could have any super power she would fly. 

Life outside of work “My life outside of work, and oftentimes overlapping with it, is consumed by my young kids and husband’s military career. When I happen to luck into downtime I enjoy writing poetry and fiction.”

We also ask our nominees what they’re watching or reading. Evelyn recommends Bo Burnham’s “Inside” on Netflix.

In closing she says “My college, library co-workers, and community mean so much to me. Our region in Southeastern Kentucky is facing significant challenges but I am so proud that I get to work with people who are genuinely making a difference.”

If you want to know more about Evelyn, or community college library life in Eastern Kentucky, or follow @HCTC_Library on Twitter.

Everything that makes sense in this profile is from Evelyn. Typos, and poor syntax are all me. Nominate yourself or a colleague for a future profile. Submitted by Lisa Eichholtz, Chair CJCLS Membership Committee.

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