October 04, 2013
Librarian retires after 32 yearsFriday, Sept. 27, was Sheila Fisher's last day working at the Susquehanna University Blough-Weis Library, where she started 32 years ago.
Fisher's most memorable moment was the 1989 renovation of the library
"We had quite a time with that, moving things around, cleaning all the shelves of dirt and dust, and the noise," Fisher said.
The biggest change for Fisher since beginning her time at Susquehanna has been the increased size of the student body.
"When I came here, there were only 1,325 students," Fisher said.
Today, that number has grown to more than 2,200 students.
Fisher said she has enjoyed being able to see students come in as first-years, transition throughout their four years and leave as graduates.
When she started working in the library in 1981, she worked as the catalog clerk and then went into the circulation department, where she hired students to work in the library.
The circulation department is where she was able to interact with the students directly.
Associate Director of Library Rebecca Wilson is one of her longtime coworkers and has worked with Fisher for nearly 26 years.
"She is just an incredible employee. She is so dedicated to the library, university and especially the students," Wilson said.
Wilson said that Fisher helped out in every area of the library.
Wilson also commented on Fisher's ability to roll with the changes, as was done when Wilson first started at the library.
The stacks, an area of the library, were moved around for almost 10 years, and Fisher was never affected.
"Sheila is my go-to person. If I need anything, any special project, she is the first person I call. She is very good with detail, along with a number of other things," Wilson said.
She added: "She is a passionate person. She loves to read, and she loves her employees and the students."
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