Meet Nancy Barta-Norton – Part of our “Featured Librarian” Series


Welcome to our “Featured Librarian” series!

We thought it would be fun for everyone to know who we are, what we do and learn a bit about why we love libraries.

Nancy Barta-Norton, Acquisitions and Cataloging Librarian

This month’s Featured Librarian is Nancy Barta-Norton, Acquisitions and Cataloging Librarian.

Here are some answers she gave in a recent interview:

What is your job here at McKillop library?
I am the Acquisitions and Cataloging Librarian. I order print books and audiovisuals covering all subject areas for the library and catalog them when they arrive.

What degree(s) do you have and where did you get them?
I have a B.A. from the University of Rhode Island, where I majored in English; I also received an M.A. in English Literature and my M.L.I.S. from U.R.I.

What departments are you a liaison for?
I am a liaison for the Religious Studies, Philosophy, and Music departments.

What is the best way to contact you?
People can contact me by email [email protected] or phone at 341-2296 or stop by my office (Room 308) anytime.

What is the best part of your job?
Selecting great new materials for the library, being the first to see them when they are delivered, and knowing that they are being checked out and used by our patrons.

What do you like most about the library?
I love libraries and being surrounded by books in general – but specifically, I enjoy working with McKillop Library’s students and library staff, meeting people from many different campus departments and — schedule permitting — attending some of the many interesting programs hosted by the library.

My sunny third floor office looks out over an incredible skyscape, a massive old beech tree filled with birds, and—in the distance — the roof of Chateau-sur-Mer. All my plants seem to enjoy this location too!

What library resource do you think is most useful for students and why?
Particular disciplines or types of research questions determine the best or most useful resources. Our library has a very diverse collection of books, movies (both DVDs and streaming), and databases to address a wide variety of information needs – also a browsing section of popular fiction and plenty of great titles and films for entertainment.

What are your hobbies and/or personal interests?
I enjoy spending lots of quality time with my husband and son. I’m always listening to many different kinds of music and especially like to attend live concerts. Almost every week includes a musical event of some kind – sometimes several! I see a lot of movies. And — whenever possible — I love to travel.

Do you have any pets?
Yes, two rather quirky and ridiculously affectionate cats, a huge, furry black-and-white Maine Coon and a petite but extremely vocal Calico; we also have a small fish pond stocked with Koi.

Do you have a favorite author and/or quote?
“I have always imagined that paradise will be a kind of library.” – Jorge Luis Borges

What are you reading right now? What do you think about it?
I am always reading, fiction and non-fiction – in fact, I am most often reading several books at once! With the amount of reading I do, it would be really difficult to settle on a favorite author or book, but one of the books I am currently reading is Devotions: The Selected Poems of Mary Oliver.

Is there something random about you that you’d like us to know?
I like teaching college students, most recently a three-credit library research and citation skills class for ESL students.

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