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Continuing our series of blog posts about new library staff members, today I would like to introduce you to Sarah Ward. Sarah is the Furman Library’s Financial and Acquisitions Assistant. In this role she keeps track of the budget for material purchases and shares budget reports. She also orders and pays for library materials including electronic and physical items.

Sarah has primarily worked in libraries. Prior to working at Furman University, she began volunteering at libraries while in elementary and high school. During college she worked in the library at Anderson University. She also worked for both the Tri-County Technical College and Anderson County Libraries. In these roles she served in the children’s department and in the cataloging and acquisitions department.

When asked what aspect of her new position she is most excited about, she said “the shift to Alma”. She thinks that once we get through the transition things will work much more smoothly. Sarah’s favorite part about working at Furman University is walking into work every day. She loves how pretty and peaceful the campus is. “Everyone is so friendly!” she told me during our interview.

Sarah was born and raised in Pickens county. She attended Anderson University where she earned her bachelor of arts degree in English literature. When she’s not at work she enjoys reading, hiking, and watching roller derby; she used to play! Sarah is a fan of historical fiction and high fantasy. Currently she is reading the Fall of Gondolin by J.R.R. Tolkien and Christopher Tolkien. Other authors she enjoys include Ellen Hopkins and Anne Tyler.