In the Spotlight is an opportunity for the campus community to get to know one another better. The goal is to build Eastern’s community by becoming familiar with the faces of faculty and staff members.
Name: Emily Vickers
Title: Music Librarian
Department: JFK Libraries
Number of years at Eastern: 1.5 years
Brief personal/professional description: I came to Spokane from Indiana after finishing an MA in musicology and master’s in Library Science. I’ve lived many places in my life but the west coast is my home base, and I’m so happy to be back and near mountains again. My musical background is in flute performance, music education, and Western art music history. I’ve held positions in university libraries, archives, and orchestra libraries, and I love the range of work that I get to do with students and faculty as well as behind-the-scenes.
Favorite book: Ways of Seeing by John Berger
Favorite movie: Moana
Favorite quote: There was a speaker for the staff orientation at a summer music camp I worked at as a counselor, and he kept repeating the phrase “It ain’t about you.” It was a reminder to stay focused on the opportunity we had to facilitate memorable experiences, new friendships, and moments of growth for our campers in the short time they were with us. It’s been over a decade and it still sits in the back of my mind and guides how I approach my work as a librarian.
Favorite restaurant: Portland. The City of Portland, Oregon is my favorite restaurant. Find a map, throw a dart – it’s all amazing.
Favorite vacation: Anywhere that involves spending meaningful and distraction-free time with family and friends, all of whom are scattered across the planet.
If I could do anything today I would: Hunker down in a coffee shop somewhere downtown, surround myself with lattes and coffee cake, and write some letters to all of those faraway loved ones.