Chester Fritz Library Updates

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Who’s that CFL Staff Member?

This months staff member is a veteran. She is part of the Reference and Research Services department at CFL and has a Ph. D. in Psychological Studies in Education. Any guesses who that CFL staff member is?

It’s Danielle Masursky!

Danielle Masursky

This month, we are talking with Danielle Masursky the Education and Human Development Librarian.

Where did you go to school?

I went to college in Arizona, grad school the first time in New Jersey (where I got my Masters), grad school the second time in Philadelphia (where I got my PhD), and library school in Syracuse, NY – seems like I felt the need to go to school everywhere I lived… 

What department or office do you work in at the Chester Fritz Library? Or what does a typical day for you look like at work?

I am the librarian for the College of Education as well as Communication Disorders and Kinesiology. In the course of a day, I might answer a reference question by chat or email, meet with a student or faculty member over Zoom to help them with their research, pick out some books to order for my departments, attend some meetings online or in-person to discuss resources or plan library instruction, and read something about changes in library world. Never a dull moment! 

a person sitting backwards on a bench with a large brick building in the background

Why did you decide to become a librarian?

I worked as a research manager for many years, but research positions get cut a lot, especially when the economy is bad. I met a librarian who had been a research manager and she really liked her new career, so I decided to check it out. 

What is your favorite spot in (or around) the Chester Fritz Library? What about that spot makes it your favorite?

The new/enhanced patio behind the CFL (shared with Nistler) is a lovely spot to read, relax, eat lunch, or soak up the sun, which seems stronger back there than almost any other spot on campus. 

link to the entry in the Chester Fritz Library catalog for A History of the World in 6 Glasses by Tom Standage

What book do you think everyone should read (or listen to) and why?

I often recommend The History of the World in 6 Glasses by Tom Standage – it’s such an interesting framing device for a brief history of civilization – the 6 beverages are tea, coffee, wine, beer, spirits, and cola, and they are each associated with a geographical area and with an era in history. A really fun and informative read. 

What is your favorite place to eat in Grand Forks (or nearby) and what do you usually order (or what would you recommend)?

a bike on a grassy path alongside a calm river

I think the pizza at Up North in EGF is better than Rhombus Guys (sorry not sorry). But my favorite is Chino Latino drive-thru on Washington – everything they make is delicious and it’s wonderful food for a very economical price. 

What is your favorite thing to do in Grand Forks (or nearby)?

I really like to ride my bike on the Greenway, especially at dusk. It’s so peaceful, the sky is usually gorgeous, and I often see deer in the woods. It’s the perfect way to refresh and reset, and just appreciate the little pleasures in life. 

We will be back next month with another mystery CFL Staff Member! Who would you like to see interviewed?