Saying “Goodbye” to Kent Library

Kent Library {Living Outside the Stacks} #TeamLOTSMoves

Today was my last day as the Access Services Coordinator at Kent Library at Southeast Missouri State University. And, as with any job, this one has been both challenging and rewarding. I’ve done things that I’ve never done before: served as a point of contact for bathroom and elevator renovations {I know way too much about the pipes in this building}, selected furniture for the entire building, set up ALICE Training for student workers and library staff, and arranged for drama students from the River Campus to give a performance {there’s nothing more fun than having a bunch of students singing and dancing in the library}. I’ve also done things I hope I never have to do again: check the vitals of a bat, chase a kitten through the library stacks {although that was kinda fun, given my fear of cats}, and console my students after another student threatened suicide {my students handled the situation well and the young lady received appropriate care}.

My students have provided me with laughs and tears, sometimes both at the same time. They’ve been a pleasure to work with… I’ve watched them grow from shy students to capable adults ready to face the world. I’m going to miss seeing their faces in the morning, especially the way they’d stand at my door and watch me take my first sip of coffee before speaking to me. And, gosh, the random silly notes that I’d find around my office or the sweet drawings that decorated the bulletin board during the holidays.

Gum Tree at Southeast Missouri State University {Living Outside the Stacks} #TeamLOTSMoves

I’m going to miss the beauty that is the Southeast Missouri State University campus. I’ve conquered Cardiac Hill and left my mark on the gum tree. I’ve had my face forever immortalized in the stacks, courtesy of Flourish Magazine {you can read both articles here and here}. This place has been home to my children {two of my kids started college here and one will graduate from here next Fall} and me. We’ve loved it and we’ve hated it, but we’ve never regretted it. SEMO will always be an important part of our lives.

Thank You for the Memories,

Daenel T {Living Outside the Stacks}



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  • Don

    This post watered my eyes.

    So many memories to cherish.

    • Thank you, Don. I wish I could share the beautiful messages that I received from some of my students. They really touched my heart.

  • I worked for a few years at a university – it is such a fun place to be and see how students grow and change over the years. Been thinking about you these past few days as you’ve been counting down. Hey, we’ll only be 1 state away soon!

    • I really love working in academia. The students are so much fun — they also keep me on my toes.

      I still can’t believe we’re here. Everything still feels so surreal. But I’m so very happy.

  • Good luck with the next chapter of your life 🙂 I hope it is everything you want it to be.

    • Thank you. So far so good. It’s been a couple of days and I’m loving it here.

  • I’m sure they will miss you too. And I know that your next adventure will be just as rewarding, though I hope it involves less bats.

    • Oh, gosh, it has to involve less bats. LOL That was just too much.

      I’m going to miss my students and I think they’ll miss me too. They were a fun group.

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