Previous Member Spotlight - Jeff A. Steely

May 2014


Jeff A. Steely
Associate Dean of Libraries
Baylor
University
Waco, TX
LLAMA member since: 2002

Professional experience, particularly LLAMA activities

LLAMA President-Elect 2014, LLAMA Executive Committee, Section Representative; MAES Executive Committee - Chair, Vice Chair, At-Large Representative; MAES Data Collection Committee; Program Chair – Through their eyes: Collecting visual data for designing the learning environment; Pre-Conference Program Chair – Looking Through New Eyes: Collecting and Using Visual Data;  BES Library Interiors, Furnishings, and Equipment Committee: Program Co-chair - Common(s) Wisdom: Designing Graduate and Faculty Spaces that Work; SASS Management Practices Committee member.

Why you would recommend LLAMA to a colleague

LLAMA is a great place to get involved as a professional. I sat in on a couple section committee meetings, and found myself on two committees the next year. Within the first three years of committee work I chaired or co-chaired three different programs. LLAMA is an organization that is eager to involve all of its members, as is evident in the newly formed New Professionals Section.

What was the first job you ever had?

My very first job (in junior high) was as a janitor for my father’s firm. My first real job, which I started in my sophomore year in high school, was at a Dillons grocery store. I spent one year as a “courtesy clerk” (bagger), and six years in the produce department.

What was the best book you read recently?

On a recent road trip I listened to Your Brain at Work by David Rock. The book, told as the story of a single work day in the life of a very busy couple, explores how an awareness of how the brain operates might allow the protagonists to follow a different path, making better decisions as they move through a stressful work day.