Home » Get to Know your Colleagues » Get to Know Fouzia El Gargouri! [April 2022]

Get to Know Fouzia El Gargouri! [April 2022]

Title: Team-Lead Non-Roman Languages Unit

Library/Department: Monograph Acquisitions, Technical Services

Location: Smith Warehouse

Years at Duke:  12 years and 11 months: I was born and raised in Casablanca, Morocco until l moved to Durham, NC in 2008. (I speak Arabic, French, English, and a little bit of Spanish)

In a nutshell, what do you do at the Duke University Libraries?

As Team Lead of the Non-Roman Unit in the Monograph Acquisitions Department, TS, I manage the daily operations of the Non-Roman Languages Unit by assisting the team, answering questions regarding acquisitions procedures and policies, communicating with foreign vendors and subject librarians, and doing outreach and collaborating with other departments when language expertise is needed. Finally, I place orders for the Middle Eastern languages with a concentration in Arabic, pay invoices, and copy catalog materials to make them accessible to patrons.

If you had to pick one thing, what’s the best part of your job so far?

As an extravert, what I love most about my job is socializing and working with people, creating a team and an environment of happy and productive people. It keeps me motivated and engaged.

What the best thing you’ve read/watched/listened to recently?

I am now reading Morocco: The Islamist Awakening and Other Challenges by Marvine Howe. I recommend it to those interested in knowing Moroccan customs and culture and also the evolution of its democracy. I enjoy watching Abbot Elementary, The Wonder Years, and Call the Midwife. I love listening to Adele and classical Arabic singers.

What do you like to do outside work?

I love cooking all different kind of food, especially Moroccan food. I also love walking, rowing, knitting, travelling and discovering other areas of the world, watching sports and shopping.

Leave a comment