Staff Spotlight: Megan Topolosky

Where are you from originally?

I am from Munhall, PA, where I lived until I got married.

What is your area of expertise?

Good question. I have an interest in many subject areas. I was a Classical Civilization and Religious Studies undergrad at the University of Pittsburgh and then I attended Pitt for a Master of Library Science degree. The Seminary melds together many of my interests. I also like to decorate comfortable spaces and keep resources in good working order.

What attracted you to this subject?

My initial attraction to librarianship was following in my mom’s footsteps. I was a little girl when she returned to college for her Master’s degree, and so I often went with her to class. When my mom passed away unexpectedly, I inherited responsibility for the church library she ran. It was a natural fit in many ways.

How did you come to work for the Byzantine Catholic Seminary?

I was told of a position opening as an assistant librarian by my friend and colleague, Dr. Collins. I interviewed and have been here ever since, working beside some of the best people I know!

How many years have you worked for the Byzantine Catholic Seminary?

I started in June 2009.

What is the most challenging part of this work for you?

Sometimes the most challenging part of my work is how best to fix a book so the least amount of stress or damage is done to it. I take very seriously the responsibility we all have to preserve important works for future students and scholars.

State one thing you wish you had known in your undergraduate days. Why?

I wish I had been able to travel more, as it opens one’s mind to different people and places. As we were growing up, our home was open to everyone. My mom had a dear friend from India, who we saw frequently. We also had German cousins come to stay who shared many things about their traditions and culture. There is something about actually traveling abroad, however, that stretches one more.

What experiences have shaped you spiritually?

I must give most of the credit for my spiritual life to my parents and grandparents. My mom’s faith was on display for us in each waking moment of the day. She always took all her cares and joys to God first. I watched my parents and grandparents model the golden rule, as well. And I had a strong church family. The loss of my mom shortly after my marriage, and other personal losses have brought me closer to God over the years. I pray that I will always seek to enrich my spiritual life.

What do you do to de-stress?

I knit, I read, I sew, and I create things with paper.

Cat or dog person?

My family has one of each right now – Caesar, our formerly mischievous cat (born on the Ides of March), and Paisley, a cute little English Bulldog.

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