The blog series “Librarian Interviews”  has helped inform the community about all the different areas and services of the library. It has also shone a spotlight on our amazing and hard-working team of librarians. This month the Leatherby Libraries has a new addition to our cast! Margaret Puentes, our new Part-Time Reference Librarian, was kind enough to introduce herself by answering some questions for us.

What is your name and title?
Margaret Puentes, Part-Time Reference Librarian.

In what department of the Leatherby Libraries do you work?
Public Services (at the reference desk).

What is your job in a nutshell?
I answer questions for students, staff, and community members, and find books or research information for requests that come in.

What inspired you to become a librarian? I’ve always liked libraries while [I was] in school and reading, so becoming a librarian seemed like a great fit! Once I began working, I realized I liked it very much.

Have you held any jobs at other universities or libraries?
This is my first job at an university but I’ve worked at several public libraries: the Cerritos Public Library and the Whittier Public Library as well as at elementary schools.

What are your passions/interests outside of work?
I like reading and watching movies. Particularly new releases and ’80s movies.

Where did you get your degree?
I received my undergraduate degree from Cal State Fullerton, and earned my MLIS degree through San Jose State University.

Where is your hometown?
Anaheim! Very local.

What is the last book you read, or the last book you loved?
I recently re-read The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne.

Be sure to say “hello” to Margaret the next time you pass through the lobby!