Monday, November 8, 2021

Meet Us Monday - Dana Webster


Of all the resources the Samford University Library makes available to its users, among our most important and valuable are our people! Our #MeetUsMonday series offers a weekly glimpse behind the scenes by spotlighting the various people who work tirelessly every day to proactively support the University's mission by providing scholarly resources, research and information services, a welcoming environment, and collaborative alliances to promote learning and teaching.

Dana Webster
Circulation Assistant, Reserve Specialist

Masters of Library and Information Studies, University of Alabama
BA Journalism and Mass Communication/Asian Studies, Samford University
Joined Samford as a student in 2002
Joined Samford as an employee in 2006 and again in 2018

  • What do you like best about working here in the library? I love being able to help people get what they need.  Whether it's a resource, a study room, or a bathroom, I just want to help fill a need for people.  

  • What do you do on your commute to and from Samford? Listen to podcasts.

  • If you didn't work here in the library, what and/or where would you like to be doing? Hopefully working in another library!  I've always thought it would be fun to work in the Disney archives.  

  • What are some of your interests outside of work? I studied abroad in Japan during college, so I love Japanese language and culture.  I also enjoy making music.  I've played percussion, handbells, and piano for many years, and I sing in my church choir.  I have two kids, so I read a lot of kid lit.  My mother is an elementary school teacher, so I grew up with a deep love of children's literature.  

  • What is your favorite book? Maison Ikkoku by Rumiko Takahashi (it's a series, but it still counts, right?)

  • Who is your favorite author? Mo Willems.  He is a true treasure for children’s picture books, and more people need to know about him!  He is one of the very few authors that I get excited about when he has a new book come out.  It will be a sad day indeed when my kids are too old for Gerald and Piggie or The Pigeon.

  • Do you have any favorite podcasts? How To Do Everything, Stuff You Missed in History Class, 99% Invisible, The Crystal Paine Show, Fuse 8 n' Kate.

  • What app is your favorite discovery? Habitica.  It turns to do lists into a kind of game where you earn points when you check them off.

  • What’s the one thing people likely don’t know about you, but should? I actually love geography.  I know all the countries of the world and at one point also knew all the capitals and flags (although I’m a little rusty now, don’t quiz me!).  I even won my elementary school geography bee twice.  Never underestimate the influence of Carmen Sandiego.

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