January 21, 2022

An Interview With Judith Nadler, University Librarian at the University of Chicago

The May/June 2014 issue of The University of Chicago Magazine includes a Q&A style interview with UC’s University Librarian, Judith Nadler.

On March 18, 2014, Nadler announced that she will retire at the end of June (one month from today).

Here’s a small portion from the interview where Judith Nadler shares a bit about why she chose librarianship.

…My impetus to be a librarian was not the interest in books, which I felt I could pursue anyway. It was an environment where you can work closely with people. I was never interested in a position in the library that in one way or another didn’t connect me with people. I started as a foreign language translator and cataloger, a backroom function. But I always found a way to somehow push myself into the front rooms and interact with those I served.

Read the Complete Interview

Quick Comment

Yes, yes, and yes again! No matter when, how, and why you come to librarianship and where in the profession you want to work it’s important to remember that doing all that you can to interact (share, talk, demonstrate, interact, etc.) with those you serve (especially library users) is crucial. Judith Nadler’s success illustrates that getting out in front of people can lead to great success.

Nadler’s words should be read and reread regularly by all professionals. They should also provoke discussion amongst library students and library educators.

We wish Judith Nadler the very best on her retirement next month.

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.