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Meet the Library Staff

Oakley CoburnOakley Coburn, Dean of the Library
A.B., Transylvania University
M.A., University of Kentucky
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Dean of the Library Oakley Coburn also directs Cultural Events for Wofford, so you will often find him at concerts, lectures, exhibitions, and other events at Wofford and around town. In his spare time he does painting and drawing and explores area antique shops.
Tim BrownTim Brown, Access Services and Research Librarian
B.A., Davidson College
M.L.S., University of North Carolina at Greensboro
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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.
Meghan CatheyMeghan Cathey, Interlibrary Loan Assistant and Administrative Assistant
B.A., Sewanee: University of the South
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Ms. Cathey is the interlibrary loans coordinator and the secretary to the Dean of the Library. She is responsible for the Library conference room schedule, and can be contacted for general help and information. Ms. Cathey enjoys traveling, cooking, reading, live music and theatre.
Carolyn CrealCarolyn Creal, Cataloging Assistant
B.A., Centre College
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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.
Ibrahim HanifIbrahim Hanif
B.S., Clemson University
M.Ln., Emory University
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Mr. Hanif coordinates the selection and acquisition of library materials in all formats: print, microfilm, online, and multimedia. In his spare time, he upgrades legacy desktop computers for donation. He enjoys cooking, gardening, attending film festivals, and traveling to the Caribbean.
Judy IrvinJudy Theresa Reece, Housekeeper

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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 JonesBecky Jones, Periodicals Assistant
B.A., Texas Christian University
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As periodicals assistant, Ms. Jones manages journals, standing orders and invoicing.  Her hobbies include private music instruction and freelancing as a cellist.
Paul JonesPaul Jones, Circulation Coordinator
B.A., University of South Carolina at Columbia
M.L.S., University of South Carolina at Columbia
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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.
Luke MeagherLuke 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
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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 RoperVicki Roper, Acquisitions Assistant
B.A., University of South Carolina at Spartanburg
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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 SperkaShelley Sperka, Director of Technical Services
A.B., Wofford College
M.L., University of South Carolina
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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.
Phillip StoneR. Phillip Stone, College and Methodist Archivist
B.A., Wofford College
M.A., University of Georgia
Ph.D., University of South Carolina
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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.
tillettelEllen Tillett, Director of Public Services
B.A., Wake Forest University
M.S.L.S., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
M.A., University of South Carolina
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Ms Tillett is the Director of Public Services at the Sandor Teszler Library. She is responsible for helping students, faculty and visitors find the library materials they need. She works at the Reference Desk, and teaches library instruction classes to help students use library resources more efficiently. Ms Tillett is an avid gardener, a cancer survivor, and loves to travel just about anywhere.
Emily Witsell2Emily Witsell, Reference/Instruction Librarian
B.A., Macalester College
M.A., University of Georgia
M.L.S., Indiana University 
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