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Visiting Payson Late at Night? Alumna Kassidy Shreck (‘20) Is Your Go-To Person

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This month’s featured library employee is Kassidy Shreck, Payson Library public services evening supervisor. Kassidy began working for Pepperdine Libraries at the start of the academic year, but she was certainly no stranger to Payson Library or the University. She attended Seaver College until she graduated in May 2020, majoring in English literature and minoring in social work. During her time as an undergraduate, she was a student employee at Payson.

Jeff Bowen: I appreciate you taking the time to answer a few of my questions so our readers get to know you a little more. What does your typical night look like at Payson?

Kassidy Shreck: I get to work by 3:30 in the afternoon. My day is full of helping students find books, checking out books for our patrons (and checking books in returned books), and fielding questions about our vast array of services and resources. The process of printing has a few steps, so often I find myself helping students with the printers. At around 11:30, I begin the process of closing Payson for the night and making sure the building is empty by midnight.

JB: What’s the most interesting question you’ve ever fielded?

KS: A student asked me to help them find a book written in Russian to read for fun over the semester.  

JB: In your opinion, where's the best place for students to study in Payson?

KS: Study rooms are great for collaborative studying, but my favorite place to study in Payson as a student was on a couch or chair in the area with the ocean view. The lovely interior design with a warm color palette creates a cozy living room feeling, and I love how you can turn on the fireplaces with a Pepperdine ID card. Occasionally, I’d take a break from studying to leaf through the beautiful images of artworks found in the oversized folios from the Starr Art Book and Music Collection.