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Know Thy Staff: An Interview with an Information Technology Specialist

By Heather Ashley

Originally from Jordan, University Libraries information technology specialist Amira Yousif moved to the United States 10 years ago with her family. She first came to the University of Dayton in 2011 to work in dining services as production supervisor, making traditional Middle Eastern dishes and other food for students.

Having earned a degree in information technology in 1996, she came to the University Libraries in 2015 when an opportunity in IT opened. She earned a second bachelor’s degree in management information systems in 2018 and is currently working on a master’s in computer science.

Amira’s work in the Libraries supports technology at all levels, from helping students print to updating software.

Amira says she’s very happy to be at the library.

“I’m just excited to come every day because I know there is another family waiting for me here,” she says. Amira carries this philosophy with her through her days here.

She regularly brings in treats to share with students and colleagues bundt cakes, sweet pastries, and yeast rolls stuffed with cheese or herbs, to name a few which might lead one to believe she enjoys cooking.

“No,” she said. “I hate it. I cook all the time because I have to feed my family, but I do not like cooking.”      

So if you’re ever in need of help with printing, computers or technology, call Amira but don’t ask her to cook.

― Heather Ashley is a junior majoring in women’s and gender studies.

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