Staff ID - Meet Mimi Lempart

Learn more about our electronic resources expert and Zentangle artist.

Mimi Lempart, Electronic & Continuing Resources Supervisor, (413) 585-2925


Mimi Lempart is the Electronic and Continuing Resources Supervisor. She and her team ensure that the college’s electronic journals remain accessible to the Smith learning community by paying invoices, cataloging new titles, and fixing broken URL links. In addition, they maintain print journals for all of the Smith libraries.

Born in East Cleveland, OH, Mimi spent her early years in Ohio and Illinois. She attended college in Massachusetts, and graduate school in New Mexico. Her heart must have stayed in Massachusetts, as she returned here and made Smith her one and only place of employment. She has been with the Smith libraries for 39 years.

We asked Mimi to talk a little more about herself.

What is the best part of your job?

I actually enjoy figuring out the mysteries and unraveling the inherent problems associated with serials and electronic resources.

Which library resource do you most like to tell people about?

To use the journal locator—the journals search tab on the libraries home page—and to click on the “Report a Problem” button if things don’t seem to be working.

What are you reading right now?

I’m reading William Morris Textiles by Linda Parry. I am inspired by his floral patterns and am trying to deconstruct some of them to incorporate into my own art work.

What inspired you to work in a library?

For my work study job in graduate school, I was assigned to the University of New Mexico Law School Library, Technical Services department. That was my introduction to the world of work that takes place beyond the circulation and reference desks.

Got any funny reference questions or weird library incidents to share?

While working at the circulation desk in the Art Library back in the days when students had to sign their names on the borrowing card in the back of the book, a student noticed that her mother had borrowed the same book some 25 years earlier! I promptly handed her that card as a remembrance.

What do you like to do the most when you are not at work?

I teach a pattern-drawing technique called Zentangle, and have a daily practice of drawing and creating patterns which can be seen on my blog

Is there something about you that others would be surprised to learn?

My husband and I rented the same 3rd-floor Elm Street apartment that Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes lived in when she taught at Smith--however, we lived there some 16 years later! We didn't know this fact until Plath's unabridged journals were published (edited by the library’s Karen Kukil) in 2000.

What is currently in your DVD drive?

Breaking Bad, series 3, 4, and 5.

Stop by Neilson Library and say hello to Mimi!