Tim Brown, Coordinator of Discovery and Access Services
B.A., Davidson College
M.L.S., University of North Carolina at Greensboro
When asked by students, Mr. Brown says that he has worked in Wofford's library for about as long as the "Dave Matthews Band" has been a household name. As a librarian, he enjoys wearing a variety of hats: Assisting students, staff, and faculty with research questions; selecting information resources to add to the library's collection; and cataloging, which is his primary responsibility. By "cataloging" he means describing our library's information resources in its online catalog
so that people can discover them to use. Our resources include books, journals, and newspapers (we have around 117,000 electronic books and 39,000 electronic journals); databases; films; streamed digital recordings of music; and lots more. Each semester Mr. Brown audits a Wofford course and performs with the Wofford Singers. Outside of work, he writes essays, draws with ink, sails, canoes, fly-fishes, ties trout flies, rides other people’s horses, bird-watches, gardens, practices yoga, tap-dances, and plays the electric bass in his five-year-old niece's rock band, The Pinkos, which was named after her favorite color.
Carolyn Creal, Cataloging Assistant
B.A., Centre College
Ms. Creal assists the Cataloging Librarian in the processing and organization of new materials. She joined our staff after working with the Spartanburg County Regional Museum for a number of years.
Dr. Youmi Efurd, Curator and Cultural Arts Coordinator
B.F.A., Art Education, Korea University, Seoul, Korea
M.A., Art History, University of Georgia
Ph.D., History of Art, University of Kansas
Youmi Efurd holds a BFA degree from Korea University in Seoul, Korea; an MA in art history from the University of Georgia; and a PhD in history of art from the University of Kansas. With Chinese art as her field of specialty, she researches the contextual use of religious art in East Asia and has taught courses on a broad range of topics related to Western art, Asian art, and Asian civilization at the University of Kansas, Furman University, USC Upstate, and Limestone College. Her professional career also includes museum and gallery experiences at the Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas and Granberry Gallery, Limestone College. She is currently serving as a curator and coordinator of cultural events at Wofford College. Her responsibilities include organizing exhibitions, developing the Fine Arts Collection, and promoting art and cultural events on campus.
Joseph R. Gainey, Collection Development Assistant
B. A. University of South Carolina at Spartanburg
M. L. I. S. University of South Carolina at Columbia
Mr. Gainey is the Collection Development Assistant. His duties include the evaluation and cross-checking of databases and e-book packages, working with Patron-Driven Acquisitions, and helping with ordering materials for the collection. He also does special projects, as assigned, and has been worked with donations and gifts. Away from Wofford, he is the father of three adored and spoiled-rotten canine children and enjoys researching local history and genealogy. His interests include classical music, reading, searching thrift stores for books and other items, and watching classic films. He is working on his German fluency.
Judy Theresa Reece, Housekeeper
Mrs. Reece keeps the library looking great! She is also studying to be a Patient Care Technician and, in her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends and working out at the gym.
Becky Jones, Periodicals Assistant
B.A., Texas Christian University
As periodicals assistant, Ms. Jones manages journals, standing orders and invoicing. Her hobbies include private music instruction and freelancing as a cellist.
Jennifer Jones, Evening and Weekend Library Assistant
B.A., History, University of South Carolina Upstate
Jen Jones is the Evening and Weekend Library Assistant. She keeps the library going after hours, and works in both circulation and reference. Ms. Jones is an expert on DC and Marvel comics, likes to write, paint, and photograph traveling adventures. And she absolutely loves owls, since they are up the same hours she is.
Paul Jones, Circulation Coordinator
B.A., Wofford College
M.L.S., University of South Carolina at Columbia
As the Circulation Coordinator, Mr. Jones is responsible for supervising student assistants in the Circulation Department; maintaining the organization of materials on library shelves; issuing library barcode numbers; handling electronic and paper reserve requests; compiling statistics on collection and building usage; troubleshooting printers and photocopiers; answering general reference questions; providing back-up support for PASCAL Delivers; and, collecting library fines.
J. Kevin Reynolds, Dean of the Library
B.A., Western Kentucky University
M.S.I.S., University of Tennessee
As Dean of the Library, Kevin Reynolds provides leadership and direction for the Sandor Teszler Library. His active professional life has included career counseling for librarians, service on the American Library Associations's Executive Board, and as President of the Tennessee Library Association. In addition, he has many other interests including agrilithography, live music, gardening, cooking, making noise that occasionally passes for playing the guitar, and has recently been exploring linocut printmaking.
Esther Martin, Part-Time Reference Librarian
B.S., Appalachian State University
M.L.S., Peabody at Vanderbilt University
Ms. Martin assists students, faculty and the community with reference questions and research projects during the morning hours.
Luke Meagher, Special Collections Librarian and Littlejohn Collection Archivist
B.A., University of Massachusetts at Amherst
M.A.S., University of British Columbia
M.L.I.S., University of British Columbia
Mr. Meagher is an archivist and librarian and cares for, organizes, interprets, and makes available those special and unique materials held by the library (that are not part of the College or Methodist Archives), including manuscripts, collections of documents, books, and some historical objects. Outside of the library, he enjoys playing and recording music, kicking around a soccer ball, playing a video game or two, and walks, hikes, and runs with his dog.
Vicki Roper, Acquisitions Assistant
B.A., University of South Carolina at Spartanburg
Ms. Roper processes all incoming books, which includes making sure they are in good condition when they arrive, entering the invoices into our system, and preparing them for the cataloging librarian. She also processes all other invoices and expenses related to the library. When not here at Wofford, she enjoys going to exercise class, reading, working all kinds of puzzles, and quilting.
Shelley Sperka, Director of Library Systems and Applications
A.B., Wofford College
M.L., University of South Carolina
Ms. Sperka is responsible for the library server, access to the library's electronic resources, helping keep the equipment in the building in good working order, and communicating with Information Technology about the library and its technology requirements. She also helps students and faculty with reference questions and research projects. She makes fused glass jewelry, loves to cook, likes to go 'junkin' and visiting her grandsons.
R. Phillip Stone, College and Methodist Archivist
B.A., Wofford College
M.A., University of Georgia
Ph.D., University of South Carolina
Dr. Stone works to acquire and preserve the historic records of the college and the Methodist Church in South Carolina and helps researchers with questions in those areas. He researches and writes about South Carolina history and has taught southern politics. He’s a member of Spartanburg’s Board of Architectural Design and Historic Review and enjoys local history, cooking, reading, and living in an old house.