How This Librarian Works

Name: Samantha Gust

Job Title:

Head of Acquisitions


Niagara University Library

Job Duties:

Generally speaking, I’m responsible for the procurement, licensing, management, delivery, marketing, and assessment of all print and electronic information resources. I also manage interlibrary loan/document delivery and the library’s web site.

Current mobile device(s)?

Phone: Samsung Galaxy S6

Tablet: iPad Air 2

Current computer(s)?

I have a Lenovo ThinkCentre desktop at work and a Dell laptop at home.

What apps/software/tools can’t you live without?

Gmail, Google Chat, Google Maps … ok, everything Google … Weather Kitty (with the Grumpy Cat theme!), iTunes, WiFi, Bluetooth, and Yahtzee with Buddies (my latest addiction – anyone want to play?!).

Besides your phone and computer, what gadget can’t you live without?

I still love my iPod.

What resources do you use for professional development?

My preferred professional development resources are other librarians! I love talking shop.

What’s your best productivity trick?

I try to get at least eight hours of sleep every night. I also try to leave my office during my lunch break and not eat lunch at my desk.

How do you manage your to-do list/workflow?

This is really old school, but I make lists and notes on Post-its and put them in front of my computer where I will constantly see them. I am frequently crossing things off, adding things, and consolidating. Works for me! Sometimes I email reminders to myself, too.

What are you currently reading?

Petty: The Biography by Warren Zanes. I love rock music bios!