Full Time Staff:
The library owes its smooth operation to a collaborative effort, and each of our eager staffers contributes in their own way. Two full-time staff members are key to the library’s continued success:
James Jewell; began the last week of October 2016 as the Program Coordinator and is already hard at work continuing the existing programs the Library offers while creating new programs that started in 2017. Though he was raised in Kokomo, IN, James moved to the Lafayette area 15 years ago. A process of events moved him to Otterbein in December of 2008. He brings 20+ years of textile industry knowledge, including manufacturing window treatments and soft fashions, along with Programming leadership skills in various organizations. James has a Bachelors of Science in Theology and an Associate of Arts in Interior Decorating.
Part time Staff:
Our crew of part-time library staff keeps busy manning the service desk and shelving books. One of us is always on hand for assisting our patrons. You may see us sorting new material or adding protective covers to books, but don’t hesitate to ask for help at any time.
Michelle Barnaby; our self-appointed employee of the month, will most likely be the person greeting you at the service desk. A resident of Otterbein, Michelle and her husband moved here from Frankfort with their two boys, who attend Otterbein Elementary. She loves cats and playing video games with her family.
Chris McCallister; started working at the Otterbein Public Library in 2008. He is an avid bibliophile and as our senior employee, he our ‘go to guy’ for purchase recommendations and collection development. A father of three, he and his wife Tricia, live outside West Lafayette. They love to travel and spend time with family.
Jason Morales; aka: The Tech Guru is a resident of Otterbein with his wife and two daughters. A gaming enthusiast, Jason plays an important role in keeping the library up today with today’s technology and digital services. We appreciate Jason’s enthusiasm for the library. Unfortunately, he was this year’s ‘victim’ at the library’s annual murder mystery dinner, in February.
2017 Board Members
Michael Humphrey: I am an Otterbein resident, been married for twelve years, and have five children and four grandchildren. I’ve been washing windows for twenty-three years and working for Purdue University for over seventeen. I received my degree in Theology and am a published author of the title, All Living. My family has enjoyed using the Otterbein Public Library for years and I wanted to serve and contribute, in whatever capacity, to its continued high level of service. We welcome community involvement and all public comment at board meetings. Patrons are encouraged to attend meetings and participate in the growth of this amazing facility.
Mike Holder- My name is Mike Holder and I live in Otterbein. I have a BS from Purdue’s College of Technology and my MS is in Career and Technical Education from Purdue’s College of Education. I’m a Supervisor of Manufacturing at Valeo Lighting Systems of North America and I also teach part time for Purdue University. I’m the self proclaimed historian of Otterbein and I’ve spent the last 35 actively involved in family research as well as in researching the history of Otterbein community and the surrounding townships, as well. I’m an avid gardener and enjoy working in the yard and I admit that I don’t get very much accomplished inside until winter rolls around. Otterbein has been good to me and I feel that being on the board is a good way to give something back to the community. The Otterbein Public Library is a dynamic organization and we’re all very excited to be part of the changes currently underway. We’re providing programs and services to the Otterbein area that we never thought possible. Being a team member on the library board is a great experience and I’m looking forward to 2016!
Cindy Honegger- I moved to Otterbein in 1975. I taught 3rd grade from 1976-1991 when I got promoted to the 6th grade. I stayed in 6th grade until I retired from teaching in May of 2015. I have 2 sons and 6 grandkids.
Betsy Jones- I was born and raised in a suburb of Chicago. I worked as a Customer Service Manager/Bookkeeper for sixteen years before I became an Independent Computer Consultant. This job would eventually lead me to Otterbein. I started by converting the old “Card Catalogs”, for school libraries, to computerized catalogs. I then moved to sales, implementation and training on the portion of the software that was made for the Administrative side of the school. My territory was Illinois/Indiana. One of my school districts just so happened to be Benton Community School Corporation. And…that’s how I met, and then married my husband and moved to Otterbein (In that order). I hope my background and knowledge will be a benefit to the Otterbein Public Library Board. Looking forward to serving in 2016!
Jeanette Gall (picture and bio coming soon)
Jamie Wilson- You will know me in one of two ways. You are either my cousin or a customer at Fellure Foods, where I had worked part time. I was born a Hoosier in Terra Haute, my parents quickly thereafter, moved us 4 miles from Speedway. When I finished grade school. 14 years later, we moved again to Ft Wayne, where I graduated from High School, married and lived for three decades.
A divorce after 18 years was the catalyst for the gutsiest move of my life; leaving family, friends and everything I knew behind to move to Reno, Nevada in October of 2000. I loved Reno and have wonderful memories from there. But the distance from family and all the events I missed, started tugging at my heart. I relocated to this area Easter Sunday, 2012, and am now living the dream in Otterbein, Indiana! It was this past August that I pursued volunteering for the Otterbein Library Board, feeling it would be a great platform for me to be able to help in some small way to positively affect and help the community continue to grow thru the efforts put forth by the Library. As of January 1, I have taken on the additional responsibilities of library treasurer, which I’m really excited about. I also hope to be able to utilize the 16 college credit hours of grant writing classes I took in Reno to acquire assets for the library as my free time allows. I enjoy being outside on nice days either working in the yard, or at some park walking my dog, Grace. I read every day, my preference is in non-fiction and history. When my TV is on I’m flipping back and forth between the history channel, national geographic, Fox, PBS and local news stations. I love watching a good action, drama or thriller movie and can always find something good to check out at the library.