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Faculty Spotlight; Bryan Strniste

Bryan Strniste (originally Strniště, just call me Bryan the Librarian)
by Jessilyn Rich

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What is your position at the college?
Reference & Instructional Services Librarian. I assist students with their research, teach
information literacy, and help maintain the library collection. You can find me in the Learning Commons on the second floor of the Campus Center.

Have you always wanted to teach? If so, what inspired you, if not what made you change your mind?
Teaching isn’t what I had in mind when I first became a librarian, but I was always inspired by teachers and librarians in my life including those in my family. I started my librarianship in a public setting where my role was finding information for patrons. It’s much more empowering to assist students with the research process so that they can learn to find and evaluate information for themselves.

What part of your job do you find most challenging?
Handling the rush of students with last minute papers toward the end of the semester. I cannot stress enough the importance of time management skills. I myself have learned this lesson the hard way during my college years!

What part of your job is your favorite?
Working with students and exploring interesting topics for their papers. For instance, I once helped a student gather information about a species of octopus (Thaumoctopus mimicus) that can take on the appearance and behavior of other sea creatures in order to fool its predators. Who knew?

What is your best advice you have for student success in college?
Use library resources for your research! In most cases, this will yield better results than a
Google search, plus it’s imperative to have academic sources for your papers.

What is the best advice you have ever received?
Three words: Be Here Now.

What are a couple things on your bucket list that you hope to do in the future?
I’d love to canoe the entire length of the Connecticut River. A road trip from Fort Kent to Key West on U.S. Route One would be pretty cool with a carload of junk food and a bunch of tunes. I’d also love to travel to Portugal as many times as possible.

What are some of your favorite hobbies outside of work?
Baking bread, discovering new, old, and unconventional music, birdwatching, and being by and playing in a body of water.

What is something we would never guess about you?
I was a Goth in high school.

A few just for fun questions:

Top 3 favorite books of all time?
That’s impossible! I like cookbooks and the subjects of art and music.

Top 3 favorite movies of all time?
This is also impossible! Three of my favorite film directors: Alfred Hitchcock, Wes Anderson, and Jim Jarmucsh.

If you could live in a book or a movie which one would you choose?
I love the documentary about the artist Andy Goldsworthy, Rivers and Tides. I would love to help Goldsworthy build some of those amazing sculptures out in nature.

If you could have dinner with anyone living or dead who would it be?
Probably both Paul Klee and Brian Eno. I would love to talk to them about their art and music over dinner.

What is your favorite Ice cream flavor?
Ben & Jerry’s Coffee Toffee Bar Crunch.

Is there anything else you would like students to know about you?
I am here to help you and I am glad to do so!

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