By Dot Bergin
There’s a new face behind the Reference desk at the Bedford Free Public Library. On August 11, the Library staff welcomed Rand Hall as Head of Reference and Adult Services. Hall has the position recently held by Theresa Maturevich, who resigned to join the staff at the Fowler Branch of the Concord Library.
When the Citizen chatted with Hall last week, he was already busy helping patrons with Internet questions and fielding requests for reserved books. For the moment – mid August – it was relatively quiet in the Reference area, giving the new staffer time to get acquainted with patrons and to “gear up” for the always busy fall season, which begins this year immediately after Labor Day weekend.
Hall grew up in Kingston, NH. He is a 2008 graduate of Colby College in Waterville, ME, where he pursued a double major in government and philosophy. He worked for a time in the college bookstore, always a good job for one who loves books, then worked with special collections in the Colby Library, which opened his eyes to the idea of a professional career in library and information science. After graduating from Colby, Hall went to the University of Pittsburgh, where he earned his master’s degree in library and information science in 2009. Since then he’s worked in the Plaistow, NH library and more recently in the Haverhill public library as head of reference
In one whirlwind week, Hall said he was lucky to find an apartment very close to Bedford center, so that he can walk to work. For recreation, Hall laughingly said “reading” was very high on his list and, given his undergraduate studies in government, he particularly likes reading the works of the “Founding Fathers.” But he also owned up to liking comic novels and going to Boston’s Penny Arcade eXpo, (PAX East), a hugely-attended festival for video game aficionados.