Seangill Peter Bae, a graduate of University at Albany, SUNY’s MLIS program, is currently employed at Princeton University Library as the Associate University Librarian for Scholarly Collections Services. In this role, Seangill manages access and acquisition services, being sure to “borrow or buy materials in the most efficient way possible” for “our patrons and others who need them.”
Share a useful tool or application that you use in your work or non-work life.
Share a career decision. What did you learn about yourself in terms of your career?
I thought I was an introvert. But while working in the library, I found I really enjoy meeting new people and talking with them – sometimes, too much.
Describe a current project or idea that you’re working on or have recently completed.
I am thinking about how to find a way for libraries to be with our patrons when and where they start the research. Although libraries provide a nice library web site, our patrons start their research from general search engines like Google. If we cannot make them start their work from the library, how can the library assist them when they need us? When they find an important citation from the web, can the citation be linked directly to the library resource or citation? There are some tools available now to follow our patrons, and I wish to test them for my library and patrons.
Share a book that you’re currently reading, have recently read, or would like to read.
I just finished Ken Follett’s historical novel, A Column of Fire, which is the the third book of his Kingsbridge series. I read the first book of this series more than 25 years ago in Korea (in Korean), and the third one was published in 2017.
What music/artist/song are you currently into?
I listen what people call “World Music.” Recently I am trying to listen to all the different versions of “Io Che Amo Solo Te (I who love only you),” an Italian song from 1962 which has been interpreted so many singers even until recently.
Finish the following sentence: “I am happy when I…”
…See people around me are happy.
Complete the following sentence: “I am a librarian because….”
…I love people more than I love books.