Three years ago I arrived on the UW Tacoma campus ready to finally finish the college education I’d started many years before. The thing I noticed first was the prominent brick building in the heart of the campus—the “Snoqualmie Powerhouse”— the home of the UW Tacoma Library. What an apt name, too. The Library is truly the powerhouse that allows the rest of the campus to function at its best.
No matter who you are or why you came to UW Tacoma, as a student your job for the next few years is to learn all you can about the world you live in, to gain the skills that will help you to be successful in your chosen profession—and the Library is to best place to discover that information.
Over the last three years, I earned a Bachelor’s degree and am one quarter from finishing my MA. I’ve written countless papers, won the UW Libraries Undergraduate Research Award in 2012, presented my research on campus and at conferences, won a research grant for my MA project, and have even seen papers I’ve written published—one by an international journal—and I couldn’t have done any of it without the Library and the amazing people who work there. Justin Wadland, Carole Svennson, Anna Salyer, “Poppy” Papadopoulou—I’ve worked with each of them on multiple projects ranging from research papers, to a TAC Talks presentation, to grant applications. They have each had a hand in teaching me the multitude of skills and techniques necessary to do my research efficiently and effectively—thus making my own academic success possible.
They—and all the rest of their colleagues—can do the same for you. And best of all, you know exactly where to find them.
(Tell them Margaret sent you!)
Margaret Lundberg is a 2013 UW Tacoma graduate, with a BA in Arts, Media and Culture. Currently a student in the MAIS program, she is working to complete her MA project, a novel inspired by a 19th century diary, and plans to graduate in December 2014.