Staff Profile – Corey Harmon

CoreyPhotoCorey Harmon is the newest member of the USMA Library Staff, joining the Access Services team as Circulation Librarian. He comes to us from Barr Memorial Library at Ft. Knox, Kentucky, where his official title was Electronic Services Librarian. In MWR libraries, everyone wears several hats; in addition to his duties in electronic services, Corey staffed the reference desk, researched new technologies for the library, updated the library website, taught instructional classes on Google and Overdrive, and more.

Before his time at Ft. Knox, Corey held various positions at different types of libraries, including Mauney Memorial Library and the US Environmental Protection Agency Library, both in North Carolina; Southern Crescent Technical College in Georgia; and the Leyburn Library at Washington and Lee University in Virginia.

Corey was born in Houston, Texas, but raised in Royal Oak, Michigan. He lived there until he moved away for college, and he still has many family members in Michigan, including his parents, brother, sister-in-law, and nieces. Corey received an undergraduate degree in History and Russian Area Studies from Washington and Lee University in Virginia, an MA in Contemporary Russian Studies from the University of Virginia, and his MSLS degree from UNC-Chapel Hill.

Corey has a wife, Miranda, and a son, Wyatt, age 2. They will be joining him in the Hudson Valley in April.

On behalf of the entire USMA Library staff, we would like to say welcome, Corey!

A few questions for Corey:

What was your path from Russian studies to librarianship?

I pursued my MA in Russian Studies with the goal of going to work in the intelligence community, ideally the CIA. That didn’t really pan out, so I evaluated what I wanted to do and what I thought I’d be good at. I had enjoyed working in the library as an undergrad, and thought it would be a good fit as a way to share my knowledge with others and help them with their own studies. It’s also not that far of a stretch to go from intelligence analyst to librarianship, as they’re both about information and getting it to the people who need it. I talked to the librarians at my undergrad alma mater about their jobs and librarianship, and decided to apply to library school.

Can you describe some of your favorite past projects?

I was responsible for getting a video game lending collection put in place at Ft. Knox that was an instant hit with our patrons; it was really fun to spend $3000 on video games with my boss. I was also involved in researching how we could roll out Roku lending at Ft. Knox by talking to other libraries, finding out how they did it and what we could use. As a result of these and other projects that I eventually became the subject matter expert on, I was able to share how we at Ft. Knox (which, frankly, is the cutting edge of the Army MWR library system) did things with other military libraries and got a nice shout out on the Army Library Listserv. Another fun project was from a summer internship during library school where I had to evaluate the condition of a nineteenth century collection of science books and prepare them for sale or donation. I got to talk to some booksellers, as well as consult with the head of special collections from the Library of Virginia.

What do you like to do when you’re not at work?

I have a 2 year old, so I spend a lot of time playing with and just generally being with him. My wife will come up with things she wants to do as a family, and those are usually pretty fun. When I have personal time for myself (Wyatt’s napping and Miranda’s either napping or doing something else and says I can do what I want), I like to play video/computer games, watch TV, and, occasionally, I’ll even read.

Any fun facts about yourself to share?

Miranda and I met on eHarmony, had a 9 hour first date, and were married on the one year anniversary of our first date (almost to the minute of our first meeting).

Contents contributed by Lauren Dodd Hall, Circulation Librarian