Staff ID - Meet Rose Reynolds

Learn more about our Electronic Resources Librarian and US National Parks booster.

Rose Reynolds, Electronic Resources Librarian, (413) 585-2984


Rose Reynolds is part of the Electronic Resources team that processes and makes available Smith’s electronic journals, databases, and encyclopedias, as well as their print counterparts. She troubleshoots problems our patrons have with access, pays invoices, and tracks down issues that go missing. In addition to those substantial duties, she trains the student staff who help with journal processing, and helps staff the Neilson reference desk. 

Rose grew up in central Massachusetts and graduated from UMASS-Amherst. Like many people who attend the five colleges, she fell in love with the Valley and stayed here. Her previous jobs include work in a Nantucket auction gallery where she witnessed the sale of John F. Kennedy’s dining room table, among other exciting items! She began her career in libraries at the Nantucket Atheneum where she staffed the circulation and reference desks, and at the Springfield Armory National Historic Site library and archives. She came to the Smith libraries two years ago.

Currently, Rose is a candidate for a Master of Library Science degree at Simmons College. She has recently become the Film Studies liaison, and is also knowledgeable in literature and psychology. She is also an excellent resource for questions about Smith’s journal collection.

We asked Rose some more questions about herself.

What is the best part of your job?

The best part of my job is the problem solving. Periodicals and serials are notoriously erratic so when problems arise, I feel like Nancy Drew trying to tease out the truth and restore peace and order to the situation. It is the detective work that keeps me on my toes every day and pushes me to think creatively about possible solutions. It’s very satisfying to be able to provide an answer to the patron, as well as solve the mystery.

What are you reading right now?

I've just finished reading Gulp by Mary Roach. It is a great balance of science, fun facts and dry humor. I love pop science non-fiction, as it provides a window into areas of study you may otherwise never learn anything about, but isn't going to put you to sleep like a textbook would. I mean really, who though the digestive system would ever become a riveting tale?

Rose ReynoldsWhat is your favorite getaway, near or far?

I love to ride around in the car. Near or far, road trips are the way to go. All you need is some good music and a direction. In the grand tradition of the National Parks, it has been my goal to explore America, and you would be amazed by the wonderful and exciting things hiding in the nooks and crannies of our country, from small towns to big cities, I've never been bored exploring.

What do you like to do the most when you are not at work?

I love to read, of course, but I also enjoy knitting, gardening, baking, hiking (in the not really intense exercise-y fashion), shopping for vintage items, eating in all of the diners of New England and generally adventuring. I love to attend goings on about town, even if it’s not my own town, like parades, fairs and outdoor markets.

What is currently in your iPod/DVD Drive/DVR/Netflix queue?

Currently I have in my Netflix queue: the Adventures of Tin Tin, Murdoch Mysteries, Walking with Dinosaurs, Mind of a Chef and Sassy Pants, along with sports documentaries that seem to wheedle their way in.

Stop by Neilson Library and say hello to Rose!