Meet the Library Staff – December 2006

On January 4th, 2007, Ruth Sustaita will celebrate her 19th year as a staff member within the Caltech community.  She has spent 17 of those years happily ensconced within the Library system as one of our favorite employees! 

Ruth started out in the Interlibrary Loan (ILL) department of the Library, searching for and pulling a variety of requested materials for faculty and students.  An opportunity came along approximately five years later to become the assistant to Judy Nollar, Humanities & Social Sciences Librarian.  Ruth decided to accept this new position and moved over to the Humanities and Government Documents section of the Library, where she has been ever since. 


Ruth at her desk in the Dabney Library, December 19th, 2006.

While Ruth has a variety of duties (and two offices – one on the third floor of Millikan for her Government Documents work, and the other in the Dabney Library – for her Humanities work), she thrives on the challenges that continually come up on a daily basis.  “Learning something new every day is important to me”, comments Ruth.  “I look forward to coming to work because I know I will be constantly learning new things.” 

On December 8th, 2006, Ruth and her husband Marco Antonio celebrated their 33rd wedding anniversary.  They have five children and two granddaughters, and are awaiting the arrival of their daughter Carolina’s baby boy with much excitement.  “Carolina”, says her proud mom, “worked in the Circulation area of the library for over 10 years, and is still employed at Caltech.”

One of Ruth’s hobbies is reading.  She particularly enjoys biographies and autobiographies, as well as fiction and non-fiction books.  “The more you read”, notes Ruth, “the more knowledgeable you become.” 

When asked what the favorite part of her job is, Ruth said without hesitation, “You know, I just love helping students and faculty in finding their books and research material.  I also enjoy my interaction with all my co-workers.”  Her supervisor concurs.  Says Judy, “Ruth is a super working partner with a great ‘can do’ attitude, a beautiful service ethic, and tons of skills.  Plus, she’s fun to work with! We’re so lucky to have her on the library staff.”

So, when you are perusing the Government Documents area on the 3rd floor of Millikan, or browsing the books in the Dabney Library, please do not hesitate to ask Ruth for assistance.  She is looking forward to meeting you and helping you find what you need.