Welcome to our new Resident Librarian

This Fall 2014 semester the Luria Library is proud to welcome a new “Resident Librarian.” Melissa Rassibi will hold this position at the Luria Library for the duration of the 2014-2015 school year. Melissa is a recent graduate of the University of North Texas’ Library and Information Science program.


Name: Melissa Rassibi

Position: Library Resident

Currently Reading: I’m listening to The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History by Robert M. Edsel and Bret Witter. I have a long commute. I am currently reading Antonietta by John Hersey

What was your favorite book assigned in a college class? I really enjoyed A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess. Not for the ubiquitous sex, drug usage, and violence, but for what he was doing with language. Burgess was a true polyglot (I read somewhere that he and Borges used to communicate with each other in Old Norse), and I do not think that I will ever experience that feeling of being exposed to something completely foreign to me and fantastic.

Are there any special projects you’ll be working on? Ha ha. I hope to be working on everything. As a resident I am here both to learn and to contribute. But I will be working in multiple areas including technical services, outreach, and instruction.

Why did you decide to become a librarian? I was the last one to know that I wanted to be a librarian. I had volunteered in my school library since I was eight years old and my work-study position as an undergraduate was in the library at the Getty Research Institute. It just never occurred to me that I was meant to do this as a career. I didn’t know what I wanted as a career; I was interested in too many things. It wasn’t until my old school librarian told me he thought I should replace him that I seriously considered the idea and had that light bulb moment. Help other people fulfill their information needs. I could learn vicariously through helping others while simultaneously sharing my passion for learning. Brilliant!

Tell us something interesting about yourself: I am losing a race with my brother to visit all seven continents. The score is 5 to 6. He doesn’t know we are competing.