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Lisa Louis

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No Effort is a Waste of Time

Lisa Louis believes that no effort is ever lost or a waste of time. Before becoming a librarian, Louis worked as a waitress, a pet store shop assistant, a bookbinder, a jewelry salesperson, and even a vocal soloist. She is currently the Research and Instruction Librarian at the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Mary and Jeff Bell Library.

“There is a surprising amount of specialized knowledge that goes along with any job,” said Louis. “Even if it seems simple or boring from the outside, I’ve learned fascinating things from every job I’ve had. I’ve also learned that I am at my best when I am helping people.”

Louis holds a Bachelor of Arts in Classical Languages, a Master of Library Science and a Master of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies. She has been a librarian in academic, public and law libraries for the past 22 years.

“As the Research and Instruction Librarian, I’m either coaching someone on how to do research for a project, teaching a class of writing students, or brainstorming about how to improve the library for Islander students, faculty and staff,” said Louis. “In everything I do, I try to ensure the members of our community are getting what they need from their library.”

Louis has held her current position at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi for nearly five years. In May 2015, she was awarded the Excellence in Librarianship Award at the Employee Service Awards Ceremony.

“I've been a librarian for over 20 years and this is the first time I've worked for an institution that made the effort to recognize librarians for their contributions,” said Louis. “I was so honored to be chosen.”

Louis is currently in the middle of a few big projects at the Bell Library, including the reorganization of the reference department into a new department called Research and Instruction.

“We're trying to make our service more responsive to students by creating new consultation spaces at a new ‘Ask Us’ desk,” said Louis. “These are offices where students can work individually or in groups with a librarian in a comfortable setting, to get help with their research projects.”

Louis is also taking over the role of liaison to the College of Business, and will speak at the next Texas Library Association conference in April 2016 on the library’s recent reference desk remodel.

“During my time here at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, I have received support and encouragement from colleagues and library administration to try new things, which has led to exciting opportunities and positive changes,” said Louis. “I hope the relationships I have made with faculty, staff and students have contributed to better library services for everyone.”