Archive for December, 2006

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.


Librarians’ Recommend Section in Bookstore

There is a new display in the Caltech bookstore featuring recommendations (Rx) by librarians.  There are a variety of books available – including biographies, science for children, and poetry.

Each book display includes comments from the recommending librarian. Please take some time to check out this added section to the bookstore.  We hope that you may even find some new ideas for gifts!

Library Holiday Hours

Caltech Library Services
2006 Holiday Hours

The Library will be closed to non-Caltech/JPL personnel from Saturday, December 23rd, 2006 through Monday, January 1st, 2007.

The Library will be open to holders of Caltech/JPL ID’s during the hours listed below:

Saturday, December 23rd                   9 am – 1 am
Sunday, December 24th                      9 am – 6 pm
Monday, December 25th                    CLOSED
Tuesday, December 26th                    9 am – 6 pm
Wednesday, December 27th               9 am – 6 pm
Thursday, December 28th                  9 am – 6 pm
Friday, December 29th                       9 am – 6 pm
Saturday, December 30th                   9 am – 6 pm
Sunday, December 31st                      9 am – 6 pm
Monday, January 1st                          CLOSED


Please have a safe and happy holiday season!
Library Staff