Librarian Spotlight

This month’s librarian spotlight is on Pat Ballard, Dacus Library’s Head of Monographs and Audiovisual Cataloging.


Pat has worked at Dacus Library for 26 years in the cataloging department. As Head of Monographs and Audiovisual Cataloging, she oversees the cataloging of all non-serial materials. So all those books, dvds, cds, websites and other non-serial publications that you see when you search the library catalog are organized and processed by Pat and her team in the Monographs Cataloging Department.

Pat was a French and Library Science double-major at the University of Toledo, where she received her BA degree. She then received a Master of Arts in Library Science (AMLS) degree from the University of Michigan. Outside of work Pat loves to do needlework, finding it to be very relaxing and therapeutic. Needlepoint, counted cross-stitch and hardanger embroidery are some of her favorite types. Below are a couple of her beautiful pieces (click on the pictures to view them in more detail):

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As part of her library duties Pat has developed research guides for many music-related subjects, 18th-century French literature and Shakespeare. Her wonderfully in-depth Shakespeare guide is a great supplement to the library instruction class she regularly teaches for ENGL 305. If you would like to meet with Pat for a research consultation, she is happy to set up an appointment. Just send an email to

Dacus Library has many wonderful librarians on staff who all teach library instruction classes, work various hours on the reference desk, and do collection development work. Each librarian also has other specialized responsibilities within the library. To learn more, check back at the beginning of each month for a new librarian spotlight post.

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