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Book Beat: Meet new library staff

In their own words . . .

Deborah Barsel was hired April 7 as the head of circulation services. She has enjoyed a varied career over the past 20 years working in several museums, a zoo (the real kind, not a euphemism for a crazy workplace) and the IT department of the University of Rochester where she was a database administrator. Outside of her professional life, she has been deeply involved as a character actress in community theater on the mainland, and she hopes to continue that on O‘ahu.

An Hallowell

Julie-Ann Bocock-Bliss was hired July 5 as a periodical services library assistant. She graduated in 2001 from Andrews University in Michigan (a fact that she finds highly amusing since she’s never been there) with a bachelor’s in English literature. She actually attended classes at Pacific Union College in California and Newbold College in England where she completed her studies. She enjoys traveling and upon completing her English degree she went to Yokohama, Japan where she taught English for two years. Since returning to Hawai‘i last year, she has kept herself busy by teaching, tutoring, volunteering at her high school library, and pursuing her hobbies: reading, cross-stitching, and handbell playing.

Jennifer Ecklund


Jennifer Ecklund was hired August 1 as a library assistant at Atherton Library. She started working at Atherton Library as a student assistant in 2003, was hired as a temporary part-time library assistant from May to August 2004, and has now been hired as the regular part-time library assistant. Born and raised in Tacoma, Wash., she has one younger brother, and graduated from Wilson High School in 1996. She married her high school sweetheart, Chris Ecklund, on August 15, 1998. They moved to Bellingham, Wash., where he received his bachelor’s degree from Western Washington University in June 2000. They then moved south and purchased their first home in Lake Stevens while continuing to work in Bellevue. They moved to Hawai‘i to continue their education and have lived in Kapolei since August 2001. She is in her third year of HPU’s Nursing program. Chris Ecklund recently completed a Master of Science in Counseling Psychology at Chaminade.

An Hallowell was hired July 5 as a periodical services library assistant. She is a recent graduate of East Carolina University, Greenville, NC, with a B.A. in English and a minor in biology. She spent most of her college career working as a student assistant in the Periodicals Department at Joyner Library, East Carolina University. An plans to continuing her education, but is not sure what her concentration will be. She has a wide range of interests, from classical studies to human anatomy.


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