Selfishly, we are saddened by the retirement of Doreen O’Brien, who has been a member of our library for over four decades. We are very happy for her as she enters a new phase of life.
Doreen O’Brien knows Moraine Valley. After studying at the college from 1972 to 1974, she was hired by the Library’s Technical Services Department and assisted in cataloging new materials. She’s been cataloging ever since.
O’Brien has seen the Library transition from a card catalog system to an automated one. She now works with purely digitized catalogued materials. She has barcoded, tagged and catalogued more than 100,000 items.
“Doreen is the hub of our Technical Services Department. If you’re looking for someone or something, you call Doreen. It will be hard to replace her,” said Terra Jacobson, manager of Library Services. “The day she leaves our department, I feel the whole Library will feel a collective loss. She has worked with all of us at one time or another, and we will miss her.”
O’Brien just celebrated 40 years at the college and hoped to get closer to 45, but it was time to retire. Her fondest memory is when the department held a funeral for the card catalog to welcome the online version. One of her proudest moments was when she served on the environmental/ergonomic committee to identify and assess problems in the work area, make recommendations and then see the end result.
“My years at Moraine Valley have been the best anyone could hope for or imagine. With the advancement of libraries over the years, I was challenged to learn more and more. When the computer age dawned, I was able to take classes right here on campus. I could work and learn in one place,” she said. “I think about how every important event in my adult life has been shared with my friends at Moraine Valley. That’s a great feeling.”
O’Brien intends to lounge often in her pool this summer as well as travel with her husband. She’ll also spend more time with family and hang out with her fellow retired Moraine Valley friends.