Anyone who has ever browsed a magazine or conducted research on a database in the Library can thank Stella Prapuolenis for making those resources available. After 15 years of service to Moraine Valley, she is retiring on June 27.
Thanks to advances in technology, the serials library technical assistant has seen many changes during her tenure. Prapuolenis started by ordering print magazines and journals as well as microfilm. She is leaving an organized, budget-conscious and well-maintained modernized collection of e-journals and databases.
In the last two years, she has completely overhauled the subscriptions process in the Library—a process she has always been willing to adapt and challenge. She owns a willingness to innovate and make changes focused on students and staff. She knows how to set a vision and get everyone else on board.
“Stella is driven and hardworking. I have a hard time imagining her retiring from anything. I’m sure retirement won’t be restful for her. She’ll be too busy coming up with a new project to work on at home. Everyone in our Library will miss her greatly, and the department will never be the same without her. She will be so very hard to replace,” said Terra Jacobson, manager of Library Services.