July 15th, 2017 (Vol. 24, No. 13) PEOPLE

New Member Profile: Mackenzie Trotter

My name is Mackenzie Trotter and I am the Evening Circulation Supervisor at Eastern Oregon University’s Pierce Library. I help supervise our student workers and I serve as a back-up point of reference for patrons when librarians are not available.

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EOU is located in La Grande, Oregon, which is where I was born and raised. I graduated from EOU with my BA in English/writing in 2014. After graduation I worked as a Document Production Specialist for a local civil engineering firm for about a year and a half before moving to Portland, Oregon. I spent only a few months on the west side before returning to La Grande and accepting my position with EOU. Earlier this year I was accepted into the University of Washington’s online MLIS program, which starts in September. I hope to work as a reference librarian at a university when I finish the program.

I recently started to work as a substitute para educator for the local school district during my time off from the library. While I have definitely gotten a kick out of working with the youngsters, I am especially enjoying working at the high school with the special needs students. If I didn’t go into libraries, I would potentially like to work in special education.

I enjoy reading, spending time with any and all dogs, going to the movies (mostly for the popcorn), and playing with my one-year-old nephew. I love spending time with my ten-month-old miniature poodle named Oliver (Ollie) and my partner, Auburn. Auburn recently made the move from Portland to Joseph, Oregon (where she’s from), to start an art business. Auburn graduated from EOU a few years ahead of me with a BS in art, so she is thrilled to be creating again.

My favorite book is Running with Scissors by Augusten Burroughs. If you haven’t read it, I highly recommend it. I have been quite interested in memoir since college, and this one has yet to be knocked off the pedestal I put it on several years ago.

I joined OLA after my colleague recommended I look into it while I was in the process of applying to grad school. I am most interested in privacy and freedom of information right now, simply because it’s so timely with current events. I am very excited to be a part of this community for many years to come.

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