August 1, 2014 (Vol. 24, No. 14) PEOPLE

New member profile: Mark Peterson

Allow myself to introduce myself…

My name is Mark Peterson, and I used to be an academic librarian. I still am, but I used to be too.

I am currently the Collection Development Coordinator at Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham. Prior to that I was Library Director at Klamath Community College in Klamath Falls for two years, and before that I worked part time at Linn-Benton Community College in Albany and Oregon State University in Corvallis.

I received my MLS from Emporia State University in 2009, and a BA in history from The University of Oregon in 1998.

I love my job! Working with students as they explore and engage with each other and their larger communities, seeing them develop into the person that they’ve always known they could be and  accomplish things that they maybe never thought possible is the greatest thing in the world.

Before becoming a librarian, I worked as a welder and machinist in a fabrication shop.

When I was 19, I had the wonderful opportunity to travel through Europe. I started in Norway, where I attended the wedding of a friend, and from there traveled south by train through The Netherlands, Germany, and France. It was my first time traveling alone, and was such a transformative experience! While visiting the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, I was admiring a lovely painting of a bridge when a docent approached and asked me whom I liked better, Monet or Manet. I said “I like mayonnaise.” She just stared at me so I said it again, only louder. Then she left. I guess she went to try to find some mayonnaise for me. Alas, I never saw her again.

When I get out of the library I enjoy Cuban salsa dancing (‘Casino’), all things culinary, and, of course, reading ☺

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My top 5 favorite books of all time are-

  • The Princess Bride by S. Morgenstern (the good parts version, abridged by W. Goldman)
  • The Great Shark Hunt by Hunter S. Thompson
  • Something Good For A Change by Wavy Gravy
  • The Razor’s Edge by W. Somerset Maugham
  • The Joy of Cooking by Irma S. Rombauer

I joined OLA in order to participate in the Library Instruction Round Table, but I know that OLA offers a plethora of opportunities in areas such as reference, membership outreach, and Oregon authors that I am open to participating in as they arise.