Elisa Rodrigues joined the Systems team this summer as a Library Assistant! Having previously worked in the Acquisitions Department, her new role will expand her Gleeson Library expertise as she assists with troubleshooting and maintaining library technology. We asked her some questions so the USF community could get to know a little about her and her work.
Tell us a little bit about yourself!
I was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. I come from island people and am a first generation American and first generation degree holder. I received my B.A. from UC Davis in English – Critical Theory and Analysis, and just finished my MLIS in June 2019 from the University of Washington, Seattle. I have been working in public libraries since 2007 in Circulation, Interlibrary Loan, Acquisitions, and Systems. I joined USF in 2018 as an Acquisitions Assistant before becoming the Systems Assistant in June 2019. I have a strong passion for information literacy and data ethics. Technological advances don’t impress me when they are unusable to the general public and disenfranchise our most vulnerable communities.
What is something people would be surprised to learn about you?
I have three shelter rabbits at home, so all the rabbit paraphernalia around me is my equivalent to being a crazy cat lady. Their names are Scarlett, Stanley, and Eleanor. They’re a bunch of troublemakers, but know how to behave when they smell fresh greens.
What is your favorite place in the library?
I like wandering the stacks, both to find gaps in discoverability and looking at books on unfamiliar topics. I’m particularly fond of N – Fine Arts, P – Language and Literature, and Z – Library Science (but also typography).
What do you do at Gleeson?
I assist in troubleshooting software, system integrations and implementations, and special projects. I also create technical documentation for the Systems Department.
What is one thing you would like faculty to takeaway?
USF has an open access policy and the institutional repository is hosted by the Gleeson Library! Check out how and why open access is so important to education, check out the repository to see what papers are being read and where, and then submit your own research!