New Member Profile: Natasha Chitow
I am currently the Head Librarian at Cottage Grove Public Library. Before then, I was a Reference and Instruction Librarian at Lane Community College and Johnson & Wales University, in addition to assisting at an osteological taxidermy shop during my first year in Oregon. I grew up in the Ft. Lauderdale area of Florida, with occasional summer residence in Iceland visiting my mom’s family. My undergraduate degree is in Anthropology with a minor in Museum Studies. This led me to a very glamorous final semester as an intern who got to talk to strangers about Napoleon’s underpants in the Museum of Florida History, followed by volunteering in the Collections department at the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens. That experience drove me toward library work, as I often helped with copy cataloging and accessions work in the research library. This year at the OLA Conference, I will be using these skills to talk about making exhibit displays for libraries on a budget.
In my free time, I enjoy cooking, knitting, embroidering snarky quotes onto objects, and obscure Google searches conducted for random strangers who ponder absurd things out loud. The art of making and growing things are an essential part of my life; I’m starting a new garden this spring and am looking forward to all the tasks of maintaining plant life.