WU Libraries Staff Spotlight: Clarice Jenkins

Clarice Jenkins, accounting assistant in the Business Office, joined the WU Libraries staff in 1997. She holds an associate’s degree in computer and information sciences and support services from Southwestern Illinois College and an associate of arts and sciences degree in computer/information technology, administration, and management from the University of Phoenix. She’s currently at work on a bachelor’s degree in computer information technology with a certification in cyber security from the University of Phoenix. Clarice lives in Belleville, Illinois. Her daughter, Shayla, works at WU Libraries as an electronic resources access support assistant. Clarice is excited to share the news that she will soon become a grandmother—her son, Kerry (a former WU Libraries employee), is expecting a baby with his partner in August.

Describe your job. I pay the bills! I process invoices for Acquisitions Services, Serials, and the departmental libraries. I also pay invoices for the Business Library and process pro-card purchases. I’m sort of the go-to person here for anyone with a financial question. If I’m out and about in Olin, and patrons need help with finding a book or something like that, I’ll try to assist them. I’m also on the Staff Engagement Committee and the James E. McLeod Honors and Awards Committee.

What do you enjoy most about your job? I really enjoy interacting with my colleagues and helping other people. I love being a team player and being able to contribute. Some people have bad days at work. I don’t really have them! Or if I do, you can’t tell. If I’m having a problem, I try to leave it at home.

You’ve been at WU Libraries for 21 years. A lot has changed at the Libraries during that time. What stands out to you the most about the evolution that’s taken place? I’ve been through big leadership changes and seen colleagues come and go. I’ve also been through two renovations. The building has really changed over the years. I used to work on Level 2, and I came down to Level B in 2003, during the first renovation of Olin. The Olin Transformation Project has been awesome. I’m looking forward to moving back upstairs and having a window!

What do you like to do in your free time? I like to read, spend time with my family, and go walking. I love walking my dog, Hailey. I’m enjoying being back in school. I’m very passionate about computers and love learning.

What are you reading now? Rabbit: The Autobiography of Ms. Pat by Patricia Williams

—Julie Hale

About the author