Joy Hansen

Phone: 860-343-5832
Office Location: Chapman Hall, Room 701
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Joy Hansen was hired in 2007 as an instructional/information literacy librarian and cataloger. 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 (Social Science and Business) on library services; planning a community event or hanging flyers for one; visiting staff and students at the Meriden Center; or creating a new online resource.
Joy is an active member of MxCC’s Student Development Committee, which addresses retention and satisfaction issues for students, and currently serves as co- chair of the energetic Sustainability Team.  She has attended and presented at many professional gatherings such as those sponsored by the Association of College and Research Libraries, usually on topics related to reaching out to various campus populations.Joy has a B.A in Secondary Education from UConn, a M.S. in Marketing from RPI, and a Masters in Library Science from SCSU. Prior to joining MxCC, Joy worked as a primary research scientist then corporate librarian at LIMRA, a financial services trade association, for 20+ years.  She made the move to MxCC to be part of a vibrant, learning community where she might contribute in some small way to helping 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; building a parish library and serving as a teen guide for her church; various environmental projects such as creating a guided walking trail in her town, Greening Our Valley, and the CT River Source to Sea Cleanup; campus drives to support local animal shelters, and more.

One item on Joy’s bucket list is to visit and photograph every lighthouse on the East Coast. (She has a ways to go.) She enjoys hiking with her lab/pitbull mix, owl prowls, road trips to attend concerts or visit the shore, craft projects, and, of course, reading!