Meet the Staff: Sandra Bailey

Meet the Staff is a Q&A series on Out of the Stacks that highlights the Archives and Information Services (ARIS) staff of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Photo of ARIS staffer Sandra BaileyIn 50 words or less, describe what you do.

I am a Reference Librarian who helps people find the information they need in person, by phone, and by letter or email. Assisting patrons can involve recommending resources and search strategies, providing instruction on using our collections including databases, and locating answers to factual questions.

Why did you choose your profession?

My Mom was working on her Bachelor’s degree in elementary education when I was a toddler, so I became her guinea pig for her early childhood development and children’s literature courses. She would read, sing, and perform finger plays for me, and she also used children’s literature to teach me science and math concepts. From my earliest memories I was always reading, singing, and learning, so naturally I developed a love of libraries.  My local public library became a sanctuary for me growing up. I would spend many hours after school and on weekends browsing the stacks for books on whatever subject I was into at the time, and especially for music CDs as a teen. When I decided to pursue a career in librarianship my sophomore year in college, I learned that there is much more involved than just a love of books and reading.

What is your favorite document, photo, or artifact in TSLAC’s collection?

Right now my favorite Texas State Publication are the Department of Education (Texas Education Agency) bulletins which contain a wealth of historical information on education laws, subject curriculum, and financial and student enrollment statistics.

Photo of bound copies of Texas Department of Education bulletins on a shelf.

When you’re not busy what do you like to do for fun?

I enjoy nature and the outdoors; hiking, swimming, camping (even if I just set up our tent in the backyard), barbecuing. There are so many wonderful hiking trails and swimming holes in Austin. I do miss living close to an ocean though. I also enjoy all-day trips to parks with my husband and sons where we play games of freeze tag, sword fight, search for cloud animals and feed the ducks.


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