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Kerrie Beale

I grew up in Southwestern Colorado near Mesa Verde National Park, best known for ancient cliff dwellings built by the Ancestral Puebloan People (Anasazi).  I lived close to the public library and spent many afternoons reading books to escape the boredom of small town life.

My library career began in 1999 at the Cottonwood Public Library in cataloging and interlibrary loan.  I moved to Prescott in 2003 to work at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Library in acquisitions and cataloging, then Yavapai College Library in periodicals, government documents, and interlibrary loan.  In 2009, Northcentral University Library hired me to process interlibrary loan through the ILLiad system (which was new for me).  It’s been a welcome challenge to process requests for specialized, mostly post-graduate research.   More importantly, it is rewarding to provide resources to the online student from other libraries that may not otherwise be available in their area.

There are plenty of activities in the Prescott area to keep my family busy such as visiting the Prescott Valley Public Library, winner of the 2008 ALA/IIDA award for interior design.   I’m enrolled at Northcentral University in the Bachelor’s of Psychology degree program and highly recommend the library tools and resources to all Northcentral students.  My interests include social psychology, eastern philosophy, current affairs, climate change, sustainable development, and world cultures.