Emily Cook Emily Cook serves as an assistant professor and research and instruction librarian at W&L
“I like working with the students, whether it is related to one-on-one research support or when teaching a WRIT 100 or FYE 100 class. I particularly love working with my crew of library student workers and seeing them grow and take on more responsibility over the years.”
~ Emily Cook
Q. What is your official job title?
I am a research and instruction librarian for the humanities, as well as an assistant professor.
Q. How long have you worked at W&L?
I started working at W&L’s University Library as a part-time employee in the then-titled access services unit in September 2010. My job title/responsibilities have changed over the years, but I will soon start my 12th year at W&L.
Q. What do you like most about working at W&L?
I like working with the students, whether it is related to one-on-one research support or when teaching a WRIT 100 or FYE 100 class. I particularly love working with my crew of library student workers and seeing them grow and take on more responsibility over the years.
Q. Where did you grow up?
From 2000-2012, I lived in Lewisburg, Pa. and from 2012-2018, I lived in Princeton, W.Va.
Q. What advice do you have for students (or parents)?
Take care of yourself. I was very grade motivated as a student and, in hindsight, I wished I took a breath and focused on the moment more.
Q. What is the most adventurous thing that you have ever done?
I’m not sure this is “adventurous” but … I embarked on a “vegan tour of Scotland/Ireland” by myself this summer, organized by a vegan travel company. During the pandemic, I also took the leap and got my hair cut into a pixie cut. That seemed very adventurous at the time.
Q. What’s your favorite thing to do when you’re not working?
I enjoy hanging out with my two dogs, Sugar Plum and Cocoa.
Q. If you could live anywhere, where would you build your dream home?
I’d like to live in a bigger city, so I could have immediate access to a cornucopia of restaurants!
Q. What book are you reading now?
“Hydroponics: 21 Little-Known Secrets to Build your Hydroponic Garden” by James Water.
Q. What music are you listening to these days?
Q. Your favorite film (movie) of all time?
Depends on the season, but probably “Hocus Pocus.”
Q. A website and/or blog you visit often?
Cruelty Free Kitty, a website that lists products (household items, makeup, etc.) that are produced without animal testing.
Q. Which historical figure do you most identify with?
Not a real person, but Velma from Scooby Doo.
Q. What is your desert island food?
Sunbutter [sunflower seed spread]. It is high in protein, gluten-free and vegan, plus I can spread it on whatever fruits I find on the island.
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