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Current Issue: August 25, 2003
Volume 39, Number 3


Padilla has passion for library, family

By Dan Ware

Pauline Padilla, Information Specialist, Centennial LibraryWhen Pauline Padilla walked into the Carnegie Public Library in Las Vegas, NM, almost 20 years ago, she had a feeling she belonged. She was looking for a job after graduating from Las Vegas Robertson High School, but before long, knew a career had been found.

In July, Padilla celebrated 16 years as staff in the UNM General Library.

There is a definite sparkle in Padilla’s eyes as she talks about two things – her kids and her job. You can tell just by talking to her that she’s proud of them both and her enthusiasm and dedication seems to have no bounds.

Shortly after earning a B.A. in Library Science at New Mexico Highlands University in Las Vegas, Padilla went to work at UNM’s Parish Library part time while she raised her children, daughter Michelle, and son, Michael.

After six years at Parish, she accepted a full-time position at Zimmerman Library working with the interlibrary loan program. Eventually, she transferred to the Centennial Science and Engineering Library, where she has been for the last four years in the document delivery service as a Library Information Specialist.

Padilla takes great pride in providing information for library patrons, as well as organizations outside the university who need documents. “Doing research and providing documents to places like Sandia National Laboratories and the Santa Fe Institute is exciting,” Padilla said. “It’s been very rewarding and a lot of fun.”

Padilla’s accomplishments at UNM mirror personal accomplishments. Her daughter, Michelle, graduated from UNM in 2002, with a degree in secondary education, while her son Michael also graduated from UNM, magna cum laude with a degree in business administration in May.

Home is very important to Padilla who spends a lot of time tending her acre of land in Bosque Farms. She also spends a lot of time outdoors, jogging or riding her bike.

Padilla often returns to Las Vegas to visit her parents, John and Lucy Moya. Her hometown holds a special place in her heart, as does the library where she began her career. She still remembers how Eileen Eshner, the librarian at the time, ran programs for kids and adults to create interest in reading. “She (Eshner) was an excellent mentor to me,” Padilla said. “It was so enjoyable to work there with the public and around all the knowledge a library holds.”

Padilla considers herself “pretty peppy” and that is an obvious part of her outlook on life.

“I get up every morning with a positive attitude,” Padilla said. “I just give it my best shot every day.”

So if you’re ever in the Centennial Engineering and Science Library, look for Padilla. She’ll be the one with a gleam in her eye.