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Staff Spotlight Series: Amanda Runyon

October 23, 2020

With more of us working and learning from home and more patrons engaging with the library through virtual services and online resources, we are starting a monthly Biddle staff spotlight series to get to know the people behind the library.

Amanda Runyon

Associate Dean and Director for Biddle Law Library

Amanda Runyon

The Essential Questions


What is your role and how long have you been working at Biddle?

I’m the Associate Dean and Director for Biddle Law Library. I’ve been working here since August 2019. In this role I wear many hats, but primarily there are two major functions of my role: (1) to make sure that everyone on the amazing Biddle team has the tools and support that they need to succeed; and (2) to work directly with students, faculty, and other departments in the law school to make sure that the library supports their needs.

What had helped you adjust to working from home?

A good chair, a riser for my laptop and a second screen, and noise-cancelling headphones!

What book/s are you reading right now?

The View from Flyover Country - Sarah Kendzior
Atomic Habits - James Clear
Wow, No Thank You - Samantha Irby

Lightning Round

Cats or dogs? Dogs (I’m allergic to cats!)
Fiction or non-fiction? Fiction
Comedy or horror? Comedy
Sweet or Savory? Sweet
Coffee or tea? Coffee

Wildcard Qs

Where did you work before your time at Biddle?
As a librarian, the University of Michigan Law Library and the University of Texas’ Tarlton Law Library. Before that, I worked in the Office of Legal Services at the Ohio Department of Job & Family Services

What is the last television series you binged?
I am currently binging The Americans

What is your favorite indoor/outdoor activity?
Biking! I have ridden 1100 miles since May, and rode from the Art Museum to the Atlantic City Boardwalk at the end of August. I also go to a Crossfit gym.

Where did you grow up?
A VERY small town, Grafton, Ohio. It is about 30 minutes west of Cleveland.