Cara Cadena is new to Michigan and Grand Valley this year, working as the business liaison librarian for the Seidman College of Business.
After spending the past five years in a public library, Cadena wanted to continue her work in a different library setting.
“When I came to Michigan I knew I wanted to go back to the academic side,” Cadena said. “I wanted to work at a university.”
In her role, Cadena is responsible for managing the business collection, giving library instruction in different classes, and supporting students and faculty members in the Seidman College of Business.
She was drawn to Grand Valley because of its downtown location and said helping students is one of her favorite parts about her job.
“Helping and supporting students through classroom instruction or through individual sessions is one of the best parts about my job,” she said. “It’s really rewarding when you recognize that something has clicked for a student.”
Cadena earned a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Montana State University in 2005, and a master’s degree in library and information science from the University of Arizona Tucson in 2008.
Currently, she is working on a research project that involves surveying students to gauge how well they understand the language librarians use in the classroom.
“We’re trying to determine whether the language we use is confusing to students,” she said.
In her free time, Cadena enjoys running, reading, and being outside.