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The Internet didn’t exist. Students used electronic and manual typewriters and would find books for various research projects through the old paper card catalogs, stored within long drawers in huge wooden shelves. If they needed a particular article in a magazine or scholarly journal, they sifted through the pages of the Readers’ Guide to Periodical Literature.
It’s a sharp contrast to the state-of-the-art library in the newly opened Mori Hosseini Student Union, a project Citro has been working on even before the old library was torn down three years ago. Inside the new library’s two, light–filled floors in the Student Union, group study pods with large monitors and movable white boards allow students to work collaboratively. Data and charging ports abound, quiet team workspaces, modular furniture, more than 90 computer workstations and even individual wrap–around private cubicles with footrests are scattered throughout the futuristic learning space.
As Citro nears her retirement, she looks back on the joys of helping students and the kind gestures they have shown library staff over the years, from trays of oysters and tea from Saudi Arabia to the numerous appreciation emails for assistance with research papers.
“Any time you interact with a student, you are in a teachable moment,” said Citro, who has sometimes taught generations of the same family. “The whole process of digging and finding information is teaching students critical thinking and life-long learning skills.”
The original library at the Daytona Beach campus was just a couple of classrooms and well under 2,000 undergraduate students on campus when Citro started in 1975 as a reference technician. Today, there are close to 6,000 undergraduate and 629 graduate students.
Citro has worked under six presidents and three interim presidents, including Embry-Riddle’s first president, Jack R. Hunt, for whom the library was named in 1985. She is also one of an elite group of only five …