Steely Library welcomes recent Eastern Kentucky University alumna Kaitlyn VanWay as the newest Assistant to the Dean. At EKU, Kaitlyn studied English, creative writing, and women and gender studies. In addition, she was involved with the Honors Program, Housing and Residence Life, and the Noel Studio for Academic Creativity (EKU’s writing center).
Enchanted by library work from the student perspective, Kaitlyn felt led to NKU to be part of Steely’s larger purpose. “I think libraries do a lot in terms of dismantling barriers to and discrimination within higher education. I like being part of an institution that values accessibility of knowledge, and I am glad to work in higher education,” said Kaitlyn.
Kaitlyn is an avid coffee and tea drinker, art lover, road tripper, theatergoer, and language enthusiast. When not in her office, there is a chance you can find her exploring a gravesite of one of America’s former Commander in Chiefs. Together, Kaitlyn and her father are on a quest to visit every presidential tomb in the United States. So far, they’ve seen 31 of 40!
Kaitlyn joined Steely on June 13th.
Colleen is coming to Steely from Bemidji State University, a regional state school in northern Minnesota. Colleen served five years as the Interlibrary Loan and Collection Management Librarian, where she managed the library's Interlibrary Loan program and oversaw all its physical collections, including the University Archives and Special Collections. Inspired and motivated by Steely's pioneering attitude toward open access and open educational resources in support of student success, Colleen looked to NKU for the next step in her career.
Outside of the library, Colleen enjoys taking road trips to explore small towns with her partner, hiking the great outdoors, garment sewing, and cooking her way through all 1,176 pages of The Complete America's Test Kitchen TV Show Cookbook. Colleen is excited to advance OER at NKU and escape the arctic tundra that is Bemidji, Minnesota.
Colleen joined Steely on August 15th.
Liz Massie is most recently coming to Steely from NKU’s Office of Graduate Education as an admissions counselor. While the role of Library Systems Support Specialist is new for Liz, she is no stranger to Steely Library.
While a student at NKU, Liz worked at Steely as a student worker and after graduation transitioned to the night shift as a staff member in Access Serves. One evening while working the night shift, Liz met her now fiancé. With Steely at the core of their love story, Liz’s beau popped the ever-important question right here on library grounds.
Inspired by her love of all things Steely, Liz continued her education at the University of Kentucky where she received her master’s in library science. After graduation, Liz felt the call to return where her love of libraries all began. “I have always viewed Steely Library as my home away from home and knew that I wanted to end up back here,” said Liz.
In her spare time, Liz enjoys reading, bookstagramming, embroidering, listening to Taylor Swift, and going on walks with her dog, Bilbo.
Liz rejoined Steely on September 12th.
Spotlight of Liz's engagement photoshoot outside of Steely Library, where her love story began.