Finding her PathSpill the Tea
Before becoming a college librarian, Malia Ebel went to law school and worked as a corporate lawyer. Her pro bono jobs led her to work with and visit libraries, which she realized was her favorite part of the day. Malia decided to switch to part-time and pursue a degree in library science through night classes. After five years at her first real library job with the New Hampshire Historical Society, Malia jumped at the opportunity to work with college students. She joined the CSC library staff in March 2019. Now, Malia oversees the management of the library, decides what to add to the print, e-book and database collections and responds to what students want to see.
Last year, students asked for a fish tank, and now Malia considers herself librarian/fish keeper. “The water is finally looking clear,” she says. The library also boasts a selection of comfy seating per student request: Yogibo bean bags, papasan chairs and couches. Malia says, “I would love it if more people ask. We can’t guess what people want.”
Malia has a lifelong love of reading and enjoys sci-fi/fantasy and young adult fiction most. She admits to picking most of the YA books featured in the library displays. “The student workers always tease me,” she says.