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Skidmore Spotlight: Natalia Umaña

February 19, 2020

Natalia Umaña works as the evening circulation supervisor at Scribner Library. Her responsibilities include supervising all evening and weekend circulation desk operations; helping to train, manage and evaluate more than 25 student assistants; ensuring access to online and print collections; and providing late-night reference services and research help until the library closes at 1 or 2 a.m.

Umaña has been happily exercising her night owl tendencies in her current role since July 2017, after working as an interlibrary loan assistant at Scribner Library for about a year. Before that, she worked part time at Saratoga Springs Public Library, where she pursued a master’s in library science, and the Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore. She discovered her love for libraries in Saratoga Springs after teaching primary bilingual education for seven years in Austin and Houston, Texas.

As a lifelong learner, Umaña enjoys the many workshops, lectures, professional development opportunities and campus conversations on race and diversity available to faculty and staff, and she enjoys working with the students.

“Engaging with them and building relationships with students who work within our department makes staying up until 2 a.m. worthwhile,” she said.

When not on campus, she enjoys reading, discovering nature trails and hikes and spending time with her dog, Lulu.