Shirleigh received her Master's in Library and Information Science from the University of California, Berkeley in 1991. Since then, she has held professional positions in public, government, and academic libraries, including prior work as Reference Librarian at Butte College (1995-1998). Her passions as a librarian are enhancing access to information ("making it easier to get the info you need") and promoting information competency comfort levels ("de-mystifying jargon about how to more easily find stuff").
Shirleigh received her BA from Oberlin College in 1977, which she thinks tells you a lot about her all by itself. She also holds graduate degrees in theater history and theater research; her subject Master's thesis was on Kerry playwright George Fitzmaurice and her doctoral areas of specialty were English Baroque theater (1625-1700) and Irish fringe theater, post-Beckett. Her other areas of intellectual interest include social and labor history, art history, and all aspects of the fine and performing arts. In her free time she teaches Irish dance, plays bodhrán, and directs a Scots-Irish music and dance troupe (Siamsa le Cheile); leafs happily through her 1948 edition of Webster's 2nd Unabridged; and attempts (with very limited success) to either learn to play the mandolin or understand quantum physics.
Shirleigh is delighted to be back at Butte College and looks forward to working with faculty and students. Please drop by to visit her, either at the reference desk or in her office, LB 1st Floor. She will probably be the person with the most dangly earrings, clutching a cup of coffee (a.m.) or a bottle of diet cherry cola (p.m.).
Phone: (530) 879-4032