Staff Highlight: Karen McElfresh

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Karen McElfresh

As part of our effort to make sure you know the staff here at the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, we periodically interview those with whom you may at some point come into contact! For this staff highlight, I interviewed Karen McElfesh, our new Resource Sharing Projects Coordinator.

What are your job responsibilities at TSLAC? 

I am the Resource Sharing Projects Coordinator, which is part of the Library Development and Networking division. My primary responsibilities are with the E-Read Texas project, which provides e-books to small and rural public libraries across the state. The program is fairly new, so I will be doing promotion and training to get more libraries involved with the program.  

What projects are you excited to get started with? 

I’m excited to get started working with libraries across the state and learn more about their needs when it comes to e-books and other electronic materials.  

What was the last book your read/movie you watched/podcast or song you listened to that you enjoyed? 

I just finished the book My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite for my book club. It’s a dark comedy about a woman whose sister keeps killing her boyfriends. It’s a really quick read and worth checking out. 

What is something about you that people don’t know? 

I used to work in a hospital blood bank before I was a librarian. I worked in the Texas Medical Center for about five years, doing compatibility testing and preparing blood for transfusion. I decided it wasn’t the career for me long-term and went back to school to become a librarian. 

What drew you to this position? 

I was interested in this position because it offers opportunities to collaborate with lots of different people, including libraries of all types, vendors and publishers, and my colleagues at TSLAC. I’m really enjoying getting to know everyone at TSLAC and learning more about all of the work we do across the state – it’s a great group of people!  

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