Eugenio Morales Arellano, Spanish Room
Meet La Biblioteca
An institution is made up of the people who work in it every day: Here we present the persons who make the Biblioteca come alive.
By Jade Arroyo
Eugenio, or “Dino”, as friends call him, is among the group of Biblioteca employees with seniority, having worked here for 11 years.
He works in the in the Spanish Room of the library area. His duties are varied, a combination of caring for the books and restoring the ones of interest to bibliophiles by putting labels on them and covering them. He assists in cataloging, manages the digital catalog, and provides support and help to the public.
Something very satisfying from his work over the years is dealing with children. Several of them have been visiting the Biblioteca since childhood and are now university students. They continue to visit the Spanish Room to do research for their homework and to ask philosophical questions. They greet him with affection and always have the confidence to approach him and ask him for help and guidance in this maze of books, sorted under the complex Dewey decimal system, which (while we’re at it) is divided into categories: 000–General, 100–Philosophy and Psychology ,200–Religion and Theology, 300–Social Sciences, 400–Languages, 500–Basic Sciences, 600–Technology and Applied Science, 700–Arts & Recreation, 800–Literature, and 900–History and Geography.
For those of you who still do not know Dino, he is like a cowboy librarian. He has days like everyone else, but he usually goes to work wearing snakeskin boots, leather jacket, and hat. At 6 feet tall, he walks with dignity among the bookshelves, armed with face masks and cloths to protect the books from their worst enemy, dust.
As you can guess from his clothing, Eugenio is passionate about country life, bullfighting, and horses. Father of four children, he spends most of his spare time outdoors on the ranch, riding and sharing barbecues with family and friends.
A native of San Miguel, Dino is an advocate of peaceful and friendly small-town life, which he still enjoys. Working at the Biblioteca, he appreciates the opportunity to continue living in his hometown and to raise his children here, too.
Eugenio has also made great friends of his colleagues here, for whom he feels very grateful.