Richard J. Pugh

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Who I am

I’m a transplanted Upstate New Yorker, who now lives in Culpeper, Virginia. I am a Technical Service Librarian. That means I’m one of the guys who handles the things that go on behind the scenes, so you won’t see me at the reference desk very often. Until very recently I worked for the National Audio Visual Conservation Center of the Library of Congress, where I cataloged motion pictures and electronic resources, using the US-Marc format, The Anglo-American Cataloging Rules (Second edition), the Library of Congress Subject Headings, OCLC, the Dewey Decimal System, and a variety of other tools. At various times in the past, I have been responsible for maintaining documents on World Wide Web systems, and I have assisted in Internet training workshops, also dealing with the World Wide Web and the Internet in general. My computer experience includes five programming languages, as well as Windows, Macintosh, Linux, FreeBSD, Unix, Android, and DOS operating systems.

From March of 1996 until July of 2007, I was a Capital critter, living and building a career in the Washington area. Prior to that I had worked in and around Ithaca, New York, Syracuse, New York, and (very briefly) Providence, Rhode Island. Career development brought me to the nation’s capital, and for over a decade I worked in various locations in and around the Washington, DC area. Washington is an exciting place, but at the same time, it’s a constant rat race. After ten years, I had grown tired of the fast paced life of the nation’s capital, and longed for the thick forests and gentle hills I remembered. You can take the boy out of the country, but I guess you can’t take the country out of the boy. As luck would have it, the Library of Congress was setting up a branch operation in north central Virginia, and I was able to transfer in August of 2007.

I live in a small hamlet just outside of Culpeper, with my lovely wife Lisa, our beautiful daughter Caitlin, our handsome son Michael, and a headstrong border collie named Doctor Watson. My interests include writing, music, computers, Chinese cooking, T’ai Chi Ch’uan, puppetry, space exploration, hiking, bike riding, and square foot gardening.

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