Difference Maker – Librarian - Kimberly Hitt
Jan 27, 2014
Kimberly Hitt—Difference Maker at the Parkersburg Campus
• ANU staff member since the campus opened in 2011
• Recipient of 2012 Outstanding College Member of the Year award for the Parkersburg Campus
Previously worked as a public school librarian
“As a lifelong lover of books and reading, becoming a librarian was an obvious career choice for me. As a former public school librarian and as a homeschooling mom, I have learned to help students break down a task into manageable pieces. That is a big help as I assist our students in doing research and writing papers. What seems like an insurmountable task becomes much less daunting when it is broken down into bite-sized pieces.
“I admire the fact that many of our students have returned to school after a long break in their education in order to better themselves and their families. Many of them work long hours at a job and then come to challenging classes so they can build a better life and prepare for a new career. That takes a great deal of determination and courage and I admire our students for that.
“One student in particular comes to mind when I think of a transformation. This student would come into the library to work on homework on the computers and was just totally overwhelmed by it all. The computer work was confusing. The classes were challenging. For a while, I wasn’t sure if she was going to stick it out. But she did stick with it. Her confidence grew. Her whole countenance changed and now she is a truly successful student who helps other students when they are frustrated and overwhelmed. I smile every time I see her, because she is an example of why we do what we do.
“The best part of being a part of the ANU staff is seeing students learn, grow and move on into successful careers. The pride I see on our students’ faces and on the faces of their families at graduation is a testimony to the hard work that our staff and faculty put into our jobs.”
Librarian Kimberly Hitt is pictured helping student Beverly Edwards.