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February 2022 Member of the Month

submitted by Kodi Saylor, CJCLS Membership Committee

Every month, we are highlighting a member of CJCLS!

Meet Sandra McCarthy, Our February 2022  CJCLS Member of the Month. 

Sandra McCarthy is a librarian at Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor, MI. 

At Work 

As a faculty librarian, Sandra has many job responsibilities working as a liaison librarian responsible for collections and services in health sciences and nursing, mathematics and sciences, and computer science. She also creates online courses, tutorials, and libguides for these subject areas. Additionally, Sandra plays a key role in her library’s research instruction, reference, and virtual reference services while aso working with electronic resources, outreach, and sustainable programs. 

A member of CJCLS for over twenty years, Sandra says, “The most significant benefit of being a CJCLS member is networking and getting involved with the ACRL CJCLS Section.” Sandra encourages all active members of ALA to get involved and volunteer for a committee. 

Sandra’s favorite part of working as a community college librarian“ is working with the diverse student body and networking across campus for the common goal of student success.” 

For Fun

When Sandra is not working, she is making jewelry with seed-beads or gardening. Beading for over 20 years, Sandra has made hundreds of bracelets and necklaces. Gardening is her other passion. She keeps a small backyard garden full of herbs, flowers and vegetables. 

Sandra also enjoys watching documentaries about sustainability and the earth. She highly recommends: David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet (2020); Kiss the Ground (2020); and Public Trust: The Fight for America’s Public Land by Patagonia (2020).

Sandra’s rescue dog, Tank, is a nine year old Australian Shepherd, Chow Chow, and Labrador mix, who loves to listen in on her Zoom meetings. 

Mixing Work and Fun

Sandra combined her work as a librarian and her passion for gardening by starting the WCC Seed Library in 2015.  She says that “the Seed Library is a popular free resource of seeds to start your garden.” The mission of the seed library is to create a place “within the Bailey Library where students, staff, and community members can get seeds for free to start their own garden, learn about seed sowing, protect open-pollinated and unique varieties and support the fight against climate change. This will be a place to educate the WCC community about gardening and saving their seeds for future crops.” In 2019, she initiated the WCC Bee Campus USA which works to “ensure the survival of animal species, improve local food production, and to educate students and the community about the importance of bumblebees and honeybees (and all pollinators)”.

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