Mary Skubic is a Programmer Analyst for Library Technology Services. In April, she will have worked at WU for 25 years. She holds a bachelor of science degree in computer science from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. She started at the WU School of Medicine in user support and programming in 1992. Two years later, she moved to the Libraries in a grant-funded position and then became a full-time staff member. She lives in Chesterfield with her husband, Keith. They have one son who graduated from WU last year, a daughter who is working on her PhD in biochemistry at Saint Louis University, and a younger daughter at the University of Mississippi.
How would you describe your job? It’s a little bit of everything: setting up the computers, user support, managing students. We have between six and ten students. We have two right now who started as freshmen and are about to graduate. It’s always sad for me to see them go.
Do the students often go into IT or tech jobs? Yes. We have a lot of engineering students because it benefits them, they require less training, and it looks good on their resumes. It’s a win-win for everyone.
What projects are you working on? There are a lot of moves coming up with the Transformation project. Also, we are continuing to install Windows 10 for the public in the departmental libraries and in some areas of Olin.
Do you have a lot of gadgets at home? No, I don’t play video games or have a lot of technology at home. Most of my spare time is spent working on our rental properties in south St. Louis and renovating our own house.
What do you like best about your job? Seeing everybody, going to all the departments, and knowing different aspects of the Libraries.
What have been the biggest changes? I’ve been here so long, but the dynamics are the same. Everyone still needs and will need user support. Every day is different—you don’t know what you’ll need to do when you walk through the door.
What do you do in your free time? Hang out with family and friends. I’m a Blues hockey fan, too. My older daughter played hockey in college.
Are you reading anything now? No, I don’t have time to read. One day, sitting on a beach …