The Cataloging department ensures that materials in the Library collection are organized and easily accessible by users. As a Cataloging Specialist, I edit and create cataloging records that describe and locate new items in the collection. I also maintain links in the catalog to the Library’s databases and add records for certain electronic journals. Additionally, I catalog most foreign language materials going into the collection.
I have worked in the Library’s Cataloging Department since 2003. I have a BS in Biology (with a minor in Chemistry) from Meredith College and a MLIS (Master of Library & Information Science) from Syracuse University. In my spare time I enjoy reading, cooking, and drawing.
Access Services Supervisor
The Access Services Supervisor provides leadership for the Library’s Circulation department. Circulation is responsible for checking-out books, shelving items, and helping patrons find materials. The Circulation desk is open every day until midnight (2:00 a.m. during exams).
I also give presentations about customer service on local and national platforms and have served in leadership roles for Innovative Users Group, a consortium of libraries using the Millennium Integrated Library System. I hold a Bachelor degree in Business Administration from Mississippi Valley State University and a Master degree in Human Services Counseling from Regent. I am currently working on a Master of Library & Information Science degree at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville.
Originally from Flint, Michigan, my husband and I came to Virginia in 1988 so that he could attend then CBN University. I have worked at the Regent Library for ten years. In my spare time, I love spoiling my grandchildren and playing scrabble.
I believe that librarianship is one of the greatest professions that serve mankind. It is a joy to work and serve the thousands of patrons that enter the Library.
I feel blessed to be a part of the Regent family.
Editor’s note: Beginning this month, we reprise a column that ran from 2003 to 2004, in which we featured the different departments within the Library. This time around, we will feature each month a member of the Library faculty or staff, in order to give our readers a snapshot of the people behind our resources and services.
Yabbeju (Jabez) Rapaka
InterLibrary LoanDocument Delivery Assistant
I have been working full-time in the InterLibrary Loan Department for the past five and a half years. I assist Regent students and faculty as well as students and faculty members from universities around the world by sending books and articles. At Regent, I teach Religious Studies courses in the School of Undergraduate Studies and Old Testament I & II in the School of Divinity.
Originally from Eluru, Andhra Pradesh, India, I earned MBA and M.Div. degrees from Regent in 2004 and will complete a Ph.D. in Renewal Studies at the end of 2011. In my leisure, I like to cook Indian food, especially curry chicken.
In 2004, my wife, Gloria Rapaka, and I founded Love & Hope Ministries to meet the spiritual and physical needs of the poor, needy, destitute, neglected and the unwanted of society, including children, widows, the elderly, and pastors in India and Haiti. For seven years, God has been faithful in helping our ministry continue projects both in India and Haiti. For more information about Love & Hope Ministries, please see our website.