Jason Miller, WU Libraries’ circulation billing assistant, was born and raised in Sikeston, Missouri. He attended college at Ole Miss, where he met his wife, Crystal. In 2001, they moved to St. Louis, and Jason began working at WU Libraries. March 2017 marked his 16-year anniversary at WU. Jason is pursuing a degree in anthropology through University College and aims to finish next year. He has two teenage children and has been married for 20 years. He’s a huge sports fan, with football (soccer) being his favorite sport.
Tell us a little bit about your job.
My main function is handling the billing of library fines to student accounting and working with patrons on their fines. I also handle a lot of what happens with our loanable technology items. I do a little bit of everything, including working on both sides of the Help Desk during the day.
What do you like most about the work?
I really like helping patrons and making sure they leave here happy. I also like it when a side project comes along. I like digging into something new and different.
Are you working on any big projects right now?
I am on the Staff Space Decision-Making Task Force, which has been enjoyable so far. I’m working with my colleagues as we adapt to the changes in our area during the Olin Transformation.
What do you like to do in your free time?
What free time? As the father of two teenagers who are involved in a lot of things, my free time is mostly used to get them where they need to be. I help both of their scout troops and the chess team at their school. My wife and I also are highly involved with the martial arts school where they train, including helping out with the competition team my daughter is a part of. I really enjoy doing all of that, but there are times when I just want to curl up with a book or watch a movie with my wife.
Have you read anything good lately?
Most of the reading I’m doing right now is for the classes I’m taking. I read a lot of good things last fall for a class on dystopian literature. I think my favorite was The Handmaid’s Tale.