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Monday, July 11, 2022

Meet MLC Monday: George Brantley

Elisabeth Scott
Reference and Social Media Librarian

Meet George Brantley, Help Desk Specialist at the Mississippi Library Commission (MLC)! George assists with technical support at MLC's Help Desk by directing the flow of incoming requests and following up on technical difficulties at MLC. He also helps edit the web page design for Mississippi's public libraries. George holds an associate degree in General and Computer Science, as well as certification in Apple Products and Lenovo, Dell, HP, and Chrome laptops.

George began working at MLC in May 2022. His favorite part of working here is our "office culture". He points out, "Work is defined by what the job demands, but it’s the people that make it what it truly is." Technology has always been a passion of George's and he loves empowering people with the tools and help needed to advance their skills in practical ways. He tells us that as a Help Desk Specialist, he can fulfill this role while also learning more about technology.

George loves libraries! He says, "Libraries are an arsenal of knowledge. Whether you need to find information regarding research or simply need to wind down with a good novel, you will always find ways to use a library when it comes to enlightenment or entertainment. In a world filled with digital archives and social media, libraries are the hard copies to which one can fall back on. If the digital world should perish, it will be books on which humanity can rely on for knowledge." 

Reading is one of my George's main hobbies, but he admits to being picky about the books he spends time reading for pleasure. He struggled to pick a favorite book among so many available, but said Ready Player One ranks high on his list. "As an avid gamer, I can appreciate the subtleties that the author, Ernest Cline, touched on: how gaming can be an escape for people, but 'real life' is worth living too." When he's not reading or working hard at MLC, George loves going to the gym. He enjoys editing his form and technique and seeing the results of his efforts. George is also a die-hard gamer. He says, "I love how video games can bring a community together. I think it's great how you can escape into a different world and character, much like reading a book. It can bring that same joy."

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