Nataly Blas comes to LMU from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where she was the 2012-2014 Diversity Resident Librarian. She is active in the American Library Association as a 2011 Spectrum Scholar and a 2014 Emerging Leader.
She grew up in a small town in northern Florida and never imagined relocating to the West Coast. Nataly received her B.A. in Public Relations with a minor in Hispanic Marketing Communications from Florida State University (go Noles!) and her MLIS from FSU as well.
Nataly always knew that she wanted to be a librarian, but it wasn’t until she worked as a student worker at Strozier Library at Florida State University that she realized her passion was in academic librarianship.
We thought we'd ask her a few questions so that you can get to know her a little better…
Q: What led you to pursue a career in business librarianship?
Specializing in business librarianship happened coincidentally. When I became a Graduate Assistant for the Scholars Commons in Strozier Library, I was paired with the Business Librarian due to my background in public relations and marketing. I participated in many of the College of Business events, instruction for business courses, and assisted with some collection development. I greatly enjoyed working with the business students and decided to give business librarianship a try!
Q: What are you looking forward to in your new job here at LMU?
I am looking forward to many things! First and foremost, I am looking forward to collaborating with the College of Business and meeting the research needs of the students, faculty, and staff. I am also excited to be part of the Hannon Library team and am looking forward to helping with general reference and outreach. Finally, on a personal level, I hope to work towards my MBA at LMU.
Q: What’s the last good book you read?
I decided to challenge myself and read a novel in Spanish. I am almost finished with Casa de los Espiritus or House of Spirits by Isabel Allende.
Q: What would it surprise people to know about you?
I worked in my family-owned food truck for many years.