Meet Ashley Bass! Ashley has been with Serials Solutions for more than 5 years and currently works as a product manager for Serials Solutions advanced management services.
What is your professional background?
I have been with Serials Solutions in a number of capacities for over 5 years, and I consider that my most significant professional background! Prior to working at Serials Solutions, I worked in publishing (again, in a variety of capacities) and in Marketing (at the University of Washington Business School, among other places). I also have spent a lot of professional time in the service industry (for instance, I took a two year break between Marketing jobs and lived in Maui where I worked at the Ritz-Carlton Pool Bar and wrote for a local family magazine), and I teach fitness classes as well. Basically, if it’s busy and I get to talk and/or write a lot, I like to do it!
What do you like most about working for Serials Solutions?
I love the people in the company and the location, so it’s easy to come to work every day. But what I like most about working for Serials Solutions is how interesting the work we do and the problems we solve are, and I love talking to librarians about those challenges and about our services. I have been fortunate that my positions at the company give me lots of opportunities to interact with clients and libraries, as well as employees of a wide variety of departments here, and the concern people have for the library mission and the company mission is highly motivating.
What do you find most exciting about the future of the library?
The opportunity to leverage technology and library professionalism/librarian creativity to transform the way patrons interact with the library to get the information they need.
Who is your favorite author?
Yikes! This is so hard to answer. I love to read weeklies, like the New Yorker, because I am exposed to many different authors and writing styles, that fits my interests best. If I had to pick an all-time favorite, it’d be Kurt Vonnegut: practical, critical, honest and observant, creative and totally hilarious.
Do you have a favorite library? If so, what is it?
I like the Greenwood Branch “Libary” (no R) of the Seattle Public Library System because it’s where I go with my kids, which is really a joyful way to spend time. It’s also where I where I pick up all of the fabulous items I have requested!