After more than eleven weeks of working at home, we asked the Fordham University Libraries staff what they miss most about being on campus. From daily interactions with colleagues to spending time with family on the beautiful Rose Hill campus, there is so much to look forward to when it’s safe to return to the libraries.
“I normally work at Rose Hill, though sometimes I do get to work at Lincoln Center. I miss being around my coworkers, actually! While video chat is very helpful, being able to run into them at lunch or in the stacks is something I really miss. I also miss watching spring roll in!” – Mariah Lewis, Metadata Management Librarian, Walsh Library
“Of course, I miss our students the most! But I also miss walking across the street to pick up last minute tickets at Lincoln Center, or having an afterwork meeting at El Centro, or listening to the amazing poets at Poets Out Loud, or working out in the gym in McMahon, or (believe it or not) walking onto campus at 60th Street. I especially miss seeing the campus bloom during the spring! I’ve strangely. missed seeing bridal portraits being taken on the stairs between 140 and 150 W 62nd Street…every Saturday!” – Kindra Becker-Redd, Reference and Instructional Services Librarian, Quinn Library
“I miss saying Hello to everyone when I arrive at Fordham Westchester in the morning. In addition, I miss the beautiful courtyard and working with all of my colleagues. We have monthly parties to celebrate birthdays and have other building get-togethers which I miss.” – Diane Batemarco, Reference Librarian, Westchester Library
“I work at the Walsh Library at Rose Hill. I miss walking across the campus and enjoying the beauty of the changing seasons and greeting all of my friends and co-workers. I miss being inside the library building and working in the stacks.” – Will Milite, Senior Reserve Clerk, Walsh Library
“What I miss the most is the time I spend on campus with my family, with both my husband and I working at the Walsh Library at Fordham’s Rose Hill campus, our 2 boys have grown up on campus. I have fond memories of them playing in the grass next to the church, attending Fordham football & basketball games, and even enjoying a little quiet time reading in the library! We all look forward to returning to campus soon!” – Evin Milite, Acquisitions Clerk, Walsh Library
“I miss prowling the stacks of the Maurer Mystery Collection on the 4th floor of Walsh Library. I miss the time spent with the staff at events like the Fordham Mardi Gras luncheon, just a few months ago. I’ll miss seeing our Pie Eating team try for the big prize at Dagger John Day. Wait till next year!” – Linda LoSchiavo, Director of University Libraries
“Author Shelby Foote once said: ‘A university is just a group of buildings gathered around a library. The library is the university.’ While we can still ‘visit’ the library online, I miss the beauty and grandeur of Walsh Library on the Rose Hill campus. But above all, I miss my library colleagues who help bring to light the information the library offers.” – Luisa Porretta, Electronic and Continuing Resources Librarian, Walsh Library