Marlisa Beatty’s title is Bookkeeper/Library Assistant. She works in the Library Office keeping accounts with publishers and other vendors up to date, and she also works several Saturdays during each semester at the Circulation Desk. Marlisa grew up in Ridley Township, Delaware County, and majored in Communications Studies at Widener University. Since joining the Library staff in 2005, she has also pursued a master’s degree in liberal arts, which she will receive this year. Her two pit bulls, Isabelle (Izzy) and Roxanne (Roxy) keep her busy at home, but she also likes to travel. She is an enthusiastic Phillies fan, and she is always ready to join a charity walk, especially if it benefits animals. Marlisa likes her job at Widener because of the nice people she works with and the educational benefits the university provides.
Sue Conway, Cataloging assistant in the Legal Information Center, has worked both full time and part time since starting her position in 1987. She says that one of the best things about her job is the flexibility Widener has offered her in changing her work week as the needs of her family changed. Sue grew up in York, PA, and graduated from Millersville University with a bachelor’s degree in library science education. She was a high school and elementary school librarian in PA and NJ. At Widener Sue add records to the online catalog for new books received for both Delaware and Harrisburg libraries. Her husband Frank’s work with the DuPont Co. took them briefly to Puerto Rico and Texas, but they lived in Delaware for many years before recently moving to Landenberg, PA. Their three children now live in Hockessin, DE, Milford, DE, and Pensacola, FL. Sue loves spending time with her four grandsons and also helps keep her church library organized. She and her family especially enjoy being at their house on the Chesapeake Bay near Elk Neck State Park.
Library Assistant Eleanor Hess can be found every weekday morning performing the vital task of updating the many looseleaf binders in the library’s collection, especially in the tax area. She takes pride in keeping these materials current and ready for use by students, faculty, and local attorneys who use our library. Eleanor grew up in Delaware County, PA, but has lived most of her life in the state of Delaware. She completed business and legal courses at Sleepers School of Business and Goldey Beacom College. She worked for attorneys in Media, the Marine Corps in SC, Boeing in Ridley Park, and Del Tech in Wilmington before joining the library staff in 2000. She has been married to Graydon Hess, who graduated from Widener University in 1981 and recently retired from Boeing, for 46 years. While their children Tiffany and Ryan were growing up, Eleanor was involved with community, school, and Scouting activities. Now she and Graydon enjoy traveling, especially when they visit their 3-year-old granddaughter Rachel in California. Their new goal is to attend all of Delaware’s local festivals, such as the Punkin Chunkin and Apple Scrapple events in Sussex County.