Not surprisingly, technological changes have revolutionized the Goizueta Business Library. Marilyn Pahr, reference librarian and manager of faculty services, says that digital libraries allow for the capture of an increasing amount of data that is easier to access and use. Pahr arrived at Goizueta in 1995, and since that time the library’s CD-ROM databases and dedicated computer terminals have given way to online business databases and 24/7 access to the library’s many research and career resources from anywhere in the world.
Today Goizueta students, faculty, and alumni have 90 different research databases at their disposal. Pahr helps filter through the noise. It’s a welcome—even thrilling—task for an information junky like Pahr, though she admits that “the deluge of information can sometimes be overwhelming for students.” The job of the library, says Pahr, is to help “corral” the data, narrow the searches, and render the information relevant for Goizueta’s students.
Another job of the library is to adapt and respond to the changing needs of the Goizueta community, says Pahr. One of those adaptations entails responding to growing mobile use. The library recently launched a new website optimized for phones and tablets.
“We used to say we brought the world of business to the desktop, but now we have to reach people on their mobile devices as well,” she says.
Whether it’s business databases, career and internship information, company research, or popular business publications, the library’s resources are more and more frequently accessed from remote locations. According to Pahr, the beauty of technology is that it allows the library’s reach to extend beyond its four walls, which is particularly important for degree programs that require remote learning. She currently serves as the liaison to the Weekend and Modular EMBA programs.
“The programs have distance education components that require the library to provide online access to library resources and help via online guides and consultations,” she says.
Outside of her working hours, Pahr applies the same love for research to her volunteer efforts.
“I have a personal interest in history and in World War II specifically,” she says.
Pahr puts her professional skills to use by serving as the deputy commander and historian for the Atlanta World War II Roundtable, a group dedicated to documenting firsthand accounts of the war’s veterans.
Pahr notes, “Much like when I’m working with students at Goizueta, when I talk with the veterans, their topic becomes my topic.” Fortunately, a librarian’s “natural curiosity” translates well to both.
—Myra A. Thomas