Recently, the Collection Services Division’s own Julius Lyons celebrated 40 years at the Library of Congress (32 of which have been in the Law Library).
In Library years that’s perhaps not too surprising. What makes it so remarkable to us in the Law Library is that Julius hasn’t changed a bit. He is still the same soft-spoken person, a man of few words, who always smiles and is ready to assist anyone who needs help.
He never seems rushed and yet he can locate books in no time for that all-important congressional request or shelve a truck of new material faster than most. His laid-back manner belies an incredibly hard worker.
I arrived in the Law Library in the mid-80s, a year after Julius. But I would have never known he was new to our collection had someone not told me. He could point me in the right direction for anything I needed to find in the stacks, not an easy task among (then) almost 2 million books, many of which had yet to be classified.
Janice Hyde also learned her way around the stacks from Julius as he mentored her in Janice’s first position in the Law Library and she still holds fond memories of her time under his tutelage.
Fast forward 30+ years and this summer we have a new crop of interns in Stacks Services, many of whom are being mentored by Julius. They couldn’t be happier. Their accolades go from “He’s the nicest guy” to “He doesn’t make me feel like I don’t know what I’m doing, even though I don’t.”
And really, what more could you want from a co-worker? Knowledgeable, friendly and helpful.
I’m hoping for another 40 years.