Longtime GHC librarian says goodbye after 20 years of service
After 20 years of working in the Georgia Highlands College Floyd campus library, Russell Fulmer has decided it’s time to retire.
Fulmer served as both an acquisition librarian and a freshmen college studies instructor. He started at GHC in 1995.
He said GHC has been a place he has enjoyed.
“The students are the reason we’re all here,” he said, “and they make it fun.”
Fulmer earned his bachelor’s degree in Modern European History and Russian and East European studies. He made history himself after that by being one of the first two to graduate from the MLS program in the early 1970s at the University of Alabama Library School.
Fulmer served in various roles before making GHC home.
He accepted the Assistant Library Director position for Technical Services at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden Colorado. He also served as President of Colorado Library Association, head of technical service and other various offices in the state library association.
Fulmer says he plans to stay busy and active and hopefully visit many parts of Europe that he loves and has enjoyed studying over the years.
“The thing that I enjoy most about working with Russell is observing how he interacts with our students,” Director of Libraries Elijah Scott said. “He always approaches them in a manner that is professional and somewhat formal, but at the same time he brings a sense of humor and warmth to his interactions with students.”
“He treats [our students] like adults who deserve respect, “ he added. “I see that our students appreciate and gravitate to that treatment. Many of the students who he has had in his FCST 1010 classes will return to the library over the course of their college career to ask for Russell and talk to him about their progress in college.“
Fulmer officially retired in March. He hopes to continue teaching freshmen college studies courses part time.