Master of Arts in English from Kent State University, Master of Library and Information Science from Kent State University.
Jeanna Purses joins Lake Erie College as the director of the Lincoln Library at Lake Erie College effective July 1, 2018. She has taught at Auburn Career Center, Kent State University, Akron University, the University of Mount Union and Lake Erie College, as well as at colleges and universities in Japan. With an undergraduate degree in Russian Language and Studies from Miami University (Ohio) and a graduate degree in English from Kent State University, she has been teaching in higher education for nearly three decades.
Jeanna has also done stints as a librarian at Painesville's own Morley Library on the children's floor and at Canton's Stark County District Library in adult services. She is a children's and rare book collector and is passionate about the overall importance of books and reading in our world.
Of joining Lake Erie College in this expanded capacity, beyond her role as an adjunct faculty member, Jeanna says the following: “I am thrilled to be able to work in an expanded capacity at Lake Erie College because I have such valuable and satisfying relationships with students and faculty/staff alike in my current role, and am eager to collaborate with the campus community to establish the library as a hub of student engagement and intellectualism.”
I love languages, literature, art, and picture books, which tend to encompass the best combination of those first three things. My passion also lies in libraries and higher education. Information, resources, and education are the foundations for intellectual growth and prosperity and should be enjoyed readily by all. Picture books, books and e-resources, libraries and classrooms of various forms are more critical to our survival and development than many other things that are usually put first. Let's change what we put first!