Q&A with Tracy Sutherland
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Tracy Sutherland, assistant director and head of public services, provides leadership and oversight for public services in the Oberlin College Libraries. She began her role in February 2020. Prior to coming to Oberlin, Sutherland was head of user services at Vassar College Libraries.
Get to know more about Sutherland in this Q&A.
Describe your role briefly.
I am a “LODO” (lights on, doors open) librarian.
Who’s your favorite musical artist or group?
Earth, Wind & Fire. Their music is timeless, joyful, and uplifting.
What's a word or expression that makes you laugh?
"Homey don't play that," which is credited to the character Homey D. Clown from the TV show In Living Color. It’s an expression I've used on many occasions, and it works well in any scenario. Try it.
Where did you grow up?
What's one thing about you that might surprise us?
I love monkeys and lived in St. Kitts with my 11-year-old black dog named Mamba, who is an Affenpinscher. (In German, the name means “monkey-like terrier.”)
What’s your favorite item of clothing?
I have several—hats, scarfs, and sweaters that were made with love by my sister, Stephanie.