Thank you Sheila Campbell!

We had a great time at the zoo on May 7! Our library group had so many excellent questions about the job of a zoo librarian. Sheila is one of only a few zoo librarians in the country and has been in her position since it was created. She showed us all of the educational materials she maintains, everything from animal skulls and puppets, to children’s books and professional journals. She works closely with the high school students that attend Zoo School and provides valuable resources for zoo keepers. We even got to watch Nora (the baby polar bear) try to catch fish for a while. Sheila runs the show all by herself, but hopes to someday have an archivist to focus on preserving the zoo’s history, and is eager for practicum students who need a project (contact information below)!

Thank you Sheila! We had a great time!

Some of the items owned by the library:

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A quick break to watch Nora swim:

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Some of the books and journals found in the library:

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The unique library catalog (including puppets!):


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They use LC Classification:


…and Sheila herself!



Interested in a practicum at the Columbus Zoo library? Email Sheila Campbell for more information!