Meet the Library Staff – January 2007

Kris Jolley has been a member of the Collection Maintenance unit of the Circulation Services Department for almost 7 years.  His immediate supervisor, Andy Gaston, says “Working with Kris has been an enjoyable experience.  His positive energy motivates everyone around him making everyday work more enjoyable and, I hate to say this, fun.” 

Kris’ primary assignment and processing area are in Millikan Library.  However, you may run into Kris at any library location as he works with the Collection Maintenance team on projects to optimize the use of library space and accessibility of materials.  Kris is also involved in handling our gift book processing and is the friendly MC at the annual Friends of Caltech Libraries book sale held at the Winnett Center every May.  These are just a few of his duties, because, like all Circulation Services Department staff, Kris is cross-trained to work in Document Delivery, InterLibrary Loan, and Circulation.  


Kris at his desk on the 2nd floor of Millikan Library.

Kris was born and raised in the Pasadena/Altadena area.  Most of his family still live in the vicinity and, Kris notes with a smile, he hopes to remain in the locale ‘forever’.  Kris and his wife LaBrina, a staff member at JPL, have three beautiful children – all boys; Ahmad, 3; Jalen, 6;  and Kris Jr., who is 8 years old.  His sons take particular delight in going fishing and camping with their dad.  Kris and LaBrina take part in activities at their children’s schools, including attending regular PTA meetings.  Pop Warner Football is another of Kris’ interests – he has coached 7-8 year olds for the past several years. The student supervisor at the Millikan circulation desk, Viet Nguyen, knows Kris well and says “When I think of Kris I think of his being very good with his kids – he is a very likeable guy”.

Have you ever heard of the Redheaded Step Kids?  I will be surprised and shocked if you have not because this is the famous library soft ball team!  According to Kris, and I quote, “I have led the Redheaded Step Kids to two back-to-back championships.  I am the most athletic of the group and am also head vocal leader.” 

“The thing I appreciate most about Kris Jolley” states Luis Arias, his soft ball team mate and Collection Maintenance unit co-worker, “is his ability to do 80% of the work and his humbleness.”  I have a feeling there might be some friendly rivalry within the Redheaded Step Kids gang… see for yourself all you need to do is attend one of their games, held once a week during the summer months. 

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 Kris on the 7th floor of Millikan Library.

When asked what he most enjoys about his job, Kris unhesitatingly responded “I love the social interaction within the Caltech community.  It is like a family”.