Librarian Spotlight

This month’s librarian spotlight is on Gale Teaster-Woods, Dacus Library’s Head of the Electronic Resources and Serials Department.


Gale has worked at Dacus Library for over 35 years! As Head of the Electronic Resources and Serials Department, she is responsible for acquiring, maintaining, and handling problems related to the databases and magazines in the library.

Gale has a BA and MA degree in history from our very own Winthrop College (it was not yet Winthrop University when she attended). She also has a Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) degree from the University of South Carolina.

Outside of work, Gale loves reading murder mysteries; as she says, “what do you expect? I work in a library!”. She also finds politics fascinating – local, state and national. She also has a great love for animals. Gale has 7 cats and 2 parakeets, all of them are rescues. Below is a cute picture of her cat Tucker, who is clearly enthralled with the tigers on the television.


As part of her library duties Gale has developed research guides on a variety of subjects including, but not limited to, African-American Studies, the Hometown Media Project, and historical newspaper and journal holdings. You can take a look at the complete list here. If you’re taking a class that studies this year’s Common Book at Winthrop, the following guide will help you find information about it, including book reviews, author information, and related articles. If you would like to meet with Gale 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. You can view all of our previous librarian spotlight posts here or check back at the beginning of the month for a new one!

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