Our "Behind the Desk" interview series is back again and we are pleased to introduce you to Evita Rodrigues, Assistant Director for Licensing and Procurement. When joining the team this past April, Evita brought to the library a background of over 10 years in client-facing roles. She has worked to foster relationships with notable universities, as well as large and recognizable enterprise organizations. Let's learn more about Evita!
What were you doing before coming to Levy Library?
I was responsible for the full life cycle of implementing and managing intranets for large enterprise organizations. This included providing guidance on how to successfully structure their digital workspace in accordance with their organizational hierarchy. I also aided in identifying the most pressing needs for information and engagement.
Describe the duties and responsibilities of your job.
I’m primarily responsible for the purchase and renewal of all electronic resources. This involves active communication with all vendors to ensure the timely completion of all renewals to safeguard against disruption of services. I plan to develop strategies on better management of resources, in order to make more informed choices for retention of services based on adequate assessments of usage statistics and overall needs.
What is the most challenging aspect of your job?
It’s very challenging to get responses from vendors, so I’m constantly needing to follow-up, which has now earned me the pseudo title of follow-up queen.
What is the most rewarding aspect of your job?
Being able to contribute, in a very indirect way, to the overall knowledge being disseminated which only serves to enhance the value of the library.
What are your interests outside of work?
I’ve always found photography and hiking to be greatly therapeutic, especially when combined. I also consider myself a student of life and enjoy learning new things every day.
“The past is a lighthouse, not a port.” – Russian Proverb
If you see Evita around the 11th floor, be sure to say hello!