Please welcome Melissa Johnson to the role of Customer Services Supervisor in the Library. Since September 2018, you may have seen Melissa at the Circulation Desk. Stop by and say hi if you haven’t met her yet!
As a native Marylander and resident of St. Mary’s County since 1989, I am so please to join the SMCM Library staff. I am a 2002 graduate of Salisbury University with a BA in 2-Dimensional Design with a crippling fear of showing her work! And what does an artist do when this is the case? You go into retail! So far, my career has centered around customer service and retail management, where I was the Assistant Manager at our local Old Navy for 4.5 years. This is where I became interested in training and developing employees, not only being their resource for company policy and procedure, but a teacher of many life skills. After 15+ years in retail, I decided to switch gears and find a career that is more people focused and not driven by the ol’ mighty $ (and there was no way I would survive another Black Friday/Holiday Season in retail!). Now, I am excited to share my knowledge base and skills with the SMCM community.
One of the greatest things about working at the SMCM Library is being surrounded by books! I’m hoping my new work environment will prompt me to read more of the books that fill my house and not just add to the ever growing reading list that I have compiled throughout the years. It has also sparked my interest in learning (in the classroom, that is, ‘cause you’re always learning!) and I hope to continue my education both professionally and personally. In my spare time, spend time with my friends and family, I watch A LOT of tv and movies (Prime Video is my friend) and try to get away from home to explore new places when I can. I have also rediscovered my interest in photography and am looking forward to taking pictures of this beautiful campus and the surrounding area.