Librarian: More than just books

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courtesy of Marcus Wilson

by Marcus J. Wilson

Staff Writer

Valerie Gouse became a librarian in 2002 and an adjunct professor

in 2007.

Many librarians make a difference in a student’s college life by assisting them with their multi-faceted questions every day. They work with students to help find what students need for their research papers and projects. There is one librarian who has been a part of our Cumberland County community for 10 years. This CCC staff person is known to go above and beyond to help people research topics and find information. This woman is Valerie Gouse.

Gouse was born and raised in Vineland, NJ where she resides with her family. Gouse began her career working at her college library as a student worker. Gouse earned a bachelor’s degree in speech communication from Ithaca College and a master’s degree in library and information science from Rutgers University.

Gouse shares, “I really enjoyed working at the library as a student worker, I like the environment, so that introduced me to library work, and after I graduated from college, I’ve decided to go on to become a librarian.” In 2002, Gouse became a librarian at Cumberland County College . She says about her job, “I help students all the time with their research and answer their questions.”

Gouse also states that, “I love my job because every question that I get asked is different so everyday is a different day, a new day and you’ll never know what you’re going to help students find. It keeps it interesting and exciting and it keeps me on my toes.”

In 2007, Gouse became an adjunct professor, teaching many classes including Effective Speech and Technical Writing.  One of the best aspects of her job is teaching students about the resources that the library has that are much more scholarly and credible than doing a Google search. Gouse finds it frustrating when students only search Google and do not consider the quality of the information they find.

Gouse gives students advice, “ I would like students to know that there is always help in the library for them so if they have a question or if they can’t find something, they should consider, coming in here (library) and asking for our assistance and we will try to help them the best that we can.”

Gouse, like many librarians, have had a positive influence on many students at Cumberland County College.  Gouse enjoys working with students and staff to find information on class assignments.  She assists students when needed whether it is to find information on a research paper or answer a general question.

As a librarian and a communications professor, Gouse subscribes to advice she once got from a fortune cookie that stated, “The most important thing in communication is to hear what isn’t being said!”

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