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Sharon Hager is the new Collections Management and Acquisitions Assistant in the Technical Services Department of Duke Library. One of her main responsibilities is ordering new materials, which often come in as requests from faculty and staff who want or need a particular book. One of her favorite aspects of being an acquisitions assistant is getting to see all of the books before anyone else does. She also really enjoyed getting a tour of our Special Collections Department.

Before coming to Furman University, Sharon worked for various government agencies, including the County of Pickens, the City of Pickens, and the State of South Carolina at the Pickens Health Department. She had not worked in a library prior to coming to Furman. In fact, she had originally applied for another job at Furman as an administrative assistant.

Sharon lives in Pickens and has lived there her entire life. She is married to her husband, Mike, and they have three adult children. They also have two labs, one chocolate and one black, named Indy and Ender. She just finished reading the book Educated by Tara Westover. In her free time, she likes to work on personal improvement, landscaping, and remodeling their 75-year-old farm house.

When asked what she likes most about working at Furman, Sharon said, “The people! Everyone seems to want to be here. There must be something good going on.” She also added that she has felt very welcomed since beginning her new position.