#I♥OSUIT: Jennifer Tatum

#I♥OSUIT: Jennifer Tatum

Sara Plummer
#I♥OSUIT: Jennifer Tatum

Where are you from?

Originally I’m from Bartlesville, but now I live in Tulsa.

What do you do here at OSUIT?

I am the Reference & Instruction Librarian, so I spend my time helping students do research and teaching people how to use the library’s resources. I also operate the 3D printers in the library.

Tell me a little about your history with the university?

My history with OSUIT only began a year ago, when I found my dream job here. But I’ve been impressed by the campus, the people and the culture here, and it’s always a joy to tell people more about the school when I get asked where I work.

What’s been the best thing about working here?

I love helping students find what they need and solve problems. When they are stumped in their research and I’m able to get them back on track, it’s always exciting for me. I love being able to provide help to our students when they need it most, and to see them succeed in their classes because of it.

What’s your favorite spot on campus?

I love the enormous tree that’s right between the Learning Resource Center and the Visual Communications building. Anytime I’m walking back to the building, I just stare up at it and imagine how much fun I’d have climbing it. So don’t be surprised if you find a librarian reading a book in that tree someday. I’m just reliving my childhood, folks.

What would you tell someone who was thinking about attending or working at OSUIT?

This campus is different than any other college campus I’ve been on. It’s rewarding knowing that so many of our students are getting valuable experience here, and that they are able to go directly from school into their careers, especially in uncertain economic times. There’s wonderful diversity on campus that you might not expect in a small town like Okmulgee, but I’ve met students from Tel Aviv, Israel to Shenyang, China. The programs are diverse too, and it’s fascinating to learn about each one from the instructors and students alike.