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Dana Ryals

Collections & User Services Librarian
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Dana Ryals
Madison College
Truax Library
1701 Wright Street
Madison, WI 53704
Hi everyone, welcome to my profile. I am a Wisconsin native from the Driftless Region. I was raised on a hobby farm in a very small town. Yes, we had goats.

After high school I moved on to the big city. There, I earned a BS in Literature from UW-Madison. As an undergrad, I changed my major from biology to agriculture to horticulture to nursing and finally to literature (my love). I also changed schools 5 times. Madison College made a cameo during my second year. After graduating, I spent a year teaching English to middle school students in ShenZhen, China. Then, I pursued a Masters degree in Library and Information Science (MLIS) from UW-Milwaukee's online program. Afterwards, I got my dream job as a librarian at Madison College.

I understand a lot of the trials of the first few years of college. I've been there over and over again :). I love helping students navigate college, providing guidance and assistance, and watching them grow and mature. My favorite students are the ones that I get to help navigate their first moments of college, assist as they become more confident students, and watch graduate a few years down the road.

When I am not at work, I spend time with my husband and two young boys, our urban homestead, and our dog. I love running and doing yoga, and of course reading.

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