ASSOCIATES (2014, March, v. 20, no. 3)


Julie Mielke, St. Paul, Minnesota

Serials Assistant
Warren E. Burger Library
William Mitchell College of Law

Where do you work and what do you do?

I am serials assistant in William Mitchell College of Law’s Warren E. Burger Library, St. Paul, Minnesota. I have been in library services for over 20 years in various areas, in various states: children’s department, reference/reader services (Illinois); circulation (Wisconsin); and now technical services (Minnesota). Since working here (began in 2002) I have preprocessed all print subscriptions, organized monthly bindery shipments, claimed late material, and worked on special projects. Additionally, in 2012 I began uploading monthly digital deliveries (HeinOnline, etc.) into our public catalog and in 2013 began helping out with government document deliveries.

How did you get involved in library work?

As a young girl it was my task to dust and edge my father’s library (about 2000 books, a history buff) whenever company came over. I memorized the order of the books by their jackets and later organized them by size, or color, or author, etc. When I got older and Mom was trying to nudge me out of the nest, she suggested I take a career development course at the local community college. My results: nun, parks and recreation, bookkeeper. Well, the first two options were … let’s just say I don’t like to wear uniforms. Change the wording of the last option to match my predilection for order – keeper of books – and the rest is history. I do love numbers so I married a math major and always loved to help my son with his high school math homework.

Describe Support Staff activities in your area.

There are three of us in technical services: myself, our acquisitions assistant and our government document/archives assistant. Jane in acquisitions works closely with our collection development librarian. She is on the phone daily with vendors explaining our policies again, and again. Jane also performs copy cataloging, is in charge of the semiannual book giveaways, registers donations, and helps with special projects. Michelle is slowly training me into government documents because in organizing our archives collection, she has established herself as a key contact for marketing, faculty publications, and alumni inquiries. She also works on library displays, artwork and special projects.

Final Comments.

I am very fortunate to work in a library that promotes constant innovation in its services to faculty and students.