Even though the library was one of her favorite places, Jessica Osborne didn't consciously plan to turn her love for books into a career.
But "life just led me in this direction, and I’m happy it did," said the Cartersville campus librarian at Georgia Highlands College.
"The library has always been a part of my life," she said. "I grew up in a very small town where walking to the library every day was a normal event. All through college and grad school, my relationship with the library changed, but it was always there meeting my needs. I didn’t always want to be a librarian, but I always wanted or needed to be in the library."
Name: Jessica Osborne
Occupational title: Campus librarian
Education: Master of Library and Information Science from University of South Carolina
Family: Husband, Shannon, and daughter, Maya
The Daily Tribune News (DTN): When did you start working for the library at Georgia Highlands College, and why did you want to work there?
Jessica Osborne: I’ve worked at Georgia Highlands College for just over a year and a half. I had heard that Georgia Highlands College was a very student-centered, friendly community, and I had been actively looking for a chance to start working in higher education. When the opportunity opened, I felt like it was a perfect fit.
DTN: What are your job responsibilities at the library?
JO: I manage the Cartersville branch of the Georgia Highlands College libraries. A big part of my job is service, and I take that very seriously. It’s my job to see that the needs of our community are met to the best of our ability.
DTN: What do you enjoy most about your job and why, and what do you like least about it and why?
JO: The part of my job that I love the most has to be working directly with students and faculty. Working with students and faculty to help them become successful creates amazing relationships, and often those students and faculty learn that the library is one of the best resources they have.
DTN: What do you think is/are the best thing(s) about GHC?
JO: The best thing about GHC is the close-knit community feel. There are few other schools or certainly colleges where you can walk down the hall, and the president greets you by name as a freshman or new employee.
DTN: What do you like to do when you’re not working?
JO: When I’m not working, I enjoy reading, powerlifting and spending time with my family.
DTN: How would you describe yourself in three words?
JO: I’m a hard-working, dedicated bibliophile.
DTN: What is something people would be surprised to know about you?
JO: I once held a USA Powerlifting record in the state of Georgia for back squat. My personal record for back squat is 300 pounds.