I am currently a research librarian here, at New Mexico State University.
My specialty is more in Latin American Studies. I do a lot of other things on the job. I teach classes. I help people learn how to use the library.
I answer research questions that come fromand phone, and the reference desk. All of us inn this department do that kind of thing. I really like being a librarian because it is a way to really be curious all the time. I grew up in Louisiana. We have really tall trees everywhere, and water everywhere: rivers, streams, bayous. We have a lot of the same kinds of folk cultures.
And they see themselves as somewhat different than the mainstream United States.
Something like that. I came here after I went to graduate school in Library and Information Science. My first job out of library school was at the University of Florida, on the other end of the United States. That was a really good job. It was a really good place. Gainesville, Florida is a pretty interesting town, but I really wanted to be somewhere close to the U. So, I would look at job and see if anything would come along that might be more like what I really wanted to do.
You know, driving from Florida to Louisiana; and then I also lived for a short time in California. So, I knew the road but I had never really stayed anywhere or been anywhere in New Mexico for any length of time. So, I came out for a job interview and I really liked it and then, you know, as those things go sometimes, you get the job offer. I really like being in Las Cruces. I went there when I was eighteen; went to college. And when I graduated from college I lived for a while still in Louisiana and then I started moving around a lot. And lived in quite many different places in the U.
The community of people here; I guess I have several communities really. But, to be honest, working takes up a big chunk of your time and your life. And so, I do spend a lot of time with these folks just because we work together. New Mexico State really is a community and you spend a lot of time with the people on campus and we get to know each other pretty well.
But Las Cruces as a town, as a city, is also just a really interesting place to live and be. I guess many of my friends here are neighbors. I live kind of on the north side of Las Cruces, just passed the old the downtown area. Of [sic] all of the different types of people that live in Las Cruces also live on my street. I also am real interested in certain causes and things.
Like, I usually go to the Southwest Environmental Center fundraising fiestas and parties that they have. You always learn something new when you go out birding. Las Cruces is a real good place to do that because we have birds that live near the river, which are, you know, different kinds of birds than the birds that live up in the Organ Mountains or the birds that live up at the Bosque del Apache, up north.
They have sixteen different species of hummingbirds, just hummingbirds that live in southeastern Arizona. So, those kinds of things are things I like to do outside of work.
I have some friends in El Paso that I see quite often. And usually in some way related to the social issues here in the border region: immigration, violence; the different kinds of things that make this place unique, some of them are good and some of them are troubling and bad.
The U. In terms of Latin America, I did some traveling when I was much younger, after I had finished college. I traveled for several months at a time in Mexico and then also in the Andean countries; in Ecuador, and Peru, and Bolivia, which, you know, was a really different introduction to very different regions of Latin America.
And then in the s, I went to Nicaragua to both learn about the progressive revolutionary government there, that began in ; and I also studied Spanish there. It was kind of a combination: learn Spanish; learn about Nicaragua. And, you know, be a tourist also, but it was a really interesting time. And I ended up; after I spent three or four weeks in the language school and in the official program that I went on, I had the opportunity to do some work there as a translator.
Someone who worked for a bilingual publication in Nicaragua was looking for people who could translate and could also write well in English. And so, our job at this publication was to take the original Spanish-language stories that the reporters did and translate them into English.
So it was really interesting, and I ended up doing that in Nicaragua for almost two years, during the time I lived there. It was really exciting. I play flute and piccolo. And so, I play in two music groups in Las Cruces. I think I ed in or something like that. And then I also, in the last couple of years, have been playing with the New Horizons Symphony, which is a string orchestra.
I play flute, but most orchestras several wind…you know, they have a wind section also. So, I play flute and piccolo that group also. And that way I get to play the orchestral literature, which is completely different from the concert band literature. So, I really enjoy doing both of those things. Las Cruces is a really great place that way.
And the music is especially; I just really love it. My son grew up here also. He was about six when I moved here. He became a musician. He started singing in choir in middle school in Las Cruces, which is when they start in the public schools here. And he really got in to it. He lives in Sweden, he lives in another country.
New Mexico State has a great music education program. So, he was really lucky to be able to study and become a professional. I do send my son green chile to Sweden.
But even to send a little box, like, you know, for Christmas presents. New Mexico is one of the most beautiful places in the United States, and probably in the world. One time, a long time ago when I maybe had only been here two or three years, I was driving to Albuquerque with a colleague for a meeting. And it was early in the morning. And at the time we were just chit chatting in the car about budget cuts.
You know, how you do sometimes.
And then we both sort of looked out the window of the car at the sun coming up over the mountains that are just to the east of Elephant Butte. And, you know, the colors were just beautiful. I think it was in the fall, kind of like it is now. Just being here is really special.
Molly molloy / las cruces
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