In 2007, Joy Hansen began her role as an information literacy librarian and cataloger at MxCC. Working in a small library means wearing many different hats so, on any given day, you may find Joy teaching a class in research methodology (MxCC librarians visit about 100 different classes a year); assembling an educational display on a monthly hot topic; collaborating with faculty from her assigned divisions (Humanities and Social Science) on library services; planning a community event or hanging flyers for one; or creating a new online resource. She was appointed to library instruction team leader in 2014. She serves as the personal librarian for the Transitional Year and Honors Programs.
Joy has attended and presented at many professional gatherings such as those sponsored by the Association of College and Research Libraries and the Connecticut Library Association, usually on topics related to new ways to reach various campus populations. She has assumed various chair positions for the Connecticut Information Literacy Conference, as well as serving on college and statewide task forces. Joy earned a bachelor of science in secondary education from the University of Connecticut, a master’s in marketing from RPI, and a master of library science from Southern Connecticut State University.
Prior to joining MxCC, Joy worked as a primary research scientist then corporate librarian at LIMRA, a financial services trade association, for 20-plus years. She made the move to MxCC to be part of a vibrant, learning community, where she can help others become successful.
Using one’s talents and interests to enact change is, in fact, one of her mantras, and to this end, Joy has been involved in many community projects such as Project Homeless Connect and Stories from the Soup Kitchen; campus drives to support local animal shelters and food banks; and various environmental projects such as creating a guided walking trail in her town, Middlesex County’s Greening Our Valley, and the CT River Source to Sea Cleanup. Most recently, she chaired the President’s Climate Action Response Team, a group that created the College’s first ever Climate Action Plan that will direct campus sustainability efforts into the future.
Outside of school, Joy enjoys yoga, hiking with her lab/pitbull mix, road trips to attend concerts, visiting the shore, craft projects found on Pinterest, and, of course, reading!