Andrew Yeager, Associate Professor and Professional Librarian

What is your education and background?

I started as a mechanical engineering major at RIT and it took me three years to figure out that is not what I wanted to do.  When I realized I wanted a change, I took a brief break and once I went back to school, I was a History and Social Studies Education major.  I taught Social Studies for a couple of years at the middle school level.  When it came time to think about my master’s degree, I realized how much I always loved libraries and decided it was a logical step to pursue my master’s in Library Science from UB.  I completed a practicum in the library at Medaille and when it was completed, I was asked to become a part-time librarian in 2001.  I worked part-time for two to three years before becoming an Associate Professor.  

Tell us about your typical work day…

At the beginning of each day, I check in with the library, see how everyone is doing and address any issues that have to be taken care of. Throughout most days, I attend meetings as I serve on a number of committees, including faculty council and the retention task force.  Each semester, I teach a general education course and also teach library base instruction, such as information literacy sessions.

What is your favorite part of working at Medaille?

Working with the students is my favorite part for sure. All librarians like working with students as it is an exciting time in the students’ lives and I enjoy being able to provide insight and help teach them new things. It is great to be able to work in an academic setting with a shared love of continuous learning.

What are your interests and hobbies?

I love live music and traveling with my family.  We often travel to music festivals and camp.  We make it a point to take a big trip at least once a year during the summer.  A new hobby of mine has been renovating and remodeling a 100 year old house that we recently purchased. I spend a lot of time on it.

If they made a movie about your life, what would it be about and which actor would you want to play you?

It would be an adventure about traveling with family, following a band across country, taking detours, getting lost and meeting bizarre people along the way. I’m not sure who would play me, maybe Chris Pratt.

Are you a morning or night person?

Morning. I enjoy staying up late for fun but mornings I can concentrate and get the most accomplished.

If you could visit any place in the world, where would you choose to go and why?

Range Creek Ranch in Utah.  It is cattle base ranch that was family owned and protected for many years.  In 2001, the family sold the land to the government. There are completely undisturbed ruins of ancient civilizations.  It is now open to archaeologists and they are amazed at what they are finding.  I would love to be able to check it out.

 

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