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Ann Hallyburton: Research Librarian/Liaison to Health Professionals

By Adam Dries

A crooked path

Many believe college prepares us for a lifetime of success. Perhaps that's true, but the journey may be a circuitous one. The world of professional writing is very competitive. Jobs come and go, and many in this field must change their original direction in order to succeed. Each person must gain an edge to excel against a large pond of competitors. No matter how unlikely the path to success, its origins can be traced to the plce where that skill was nurtured and began to grow.

For Ann Hallyburton, that place is Western Carolina University. Hallyburton is a 1997 graduate from WCU with a degree in English. She also holds a master’s degree in library science. Hallyburton owes her current success to the start that she got at Western Carolina University. The English Department helped prepare her for the challenges that she would face in the work force, where good writing skills are crucial to success.

Working at her alma mater

Hallyburton has put her writing to work in her current job as a research librarian/ liaison to health professionals. Now she works at her alma mater, where she aids some of her former colleagues.“I use writing in almost everything—from composing emails to how-to guides, to helping edit professional publications.”

Hallyburton has fallen in love with her job as a librarian. She gets to make people laugh and help broaden their minds every day through writing.

Hallyburton also owes a lot of this success to her mentor at her first library job. “By her example, she made me see that librarianship could be an art form and could truly help people.”

Through each day of work all college graduates like Ann Hallyburton can look back and thank the place where it all began. For Hallyburton, it began as an English student at Western Carolina University.


These profiles were created by the Karen Greenstone's English 303 class (spring 2009)
and edited for the web by Mary Adams's English 303 class (summer 2009).

Students in Mary Adams's English 303 class (fall 2009) wrote additional profiles.