By Justin Kerr

Most libraries are clean and organized from top to bottom, as is the case with the C. Maybee Music Library at Western Michigan University. However, inside the librarian’s office of that same library is a different way of organizing.

In room 3014 is Mike Duffy, a bearded 42-year-old associate professor and performing arts librarian, who has piles of files from his desk flowing onto the floor.

Duffy spends most of his time at work going to meetings and directing students in the music and dance department to the information they need. He says he is very busy on the tenure track at his alma mater, WMU, which would help explain a lack of time he has to clean his office.

On his desk is a small Yoda with a sign that reads: “Do or do not, there is no try.” This describes Duffy in more ways than one. Duffy shouldn’t be compared to Yoda just because both are short in stature, but mainly because of their intelligent minds. Duffy earned a bachelor’s degree from WMU and master’s degrees from Dominican University in Chicago and Northwestern University in Evanston.

When he’s not at work, Duffy plays trumpet for the Ein-Prost-German band that performs at drinking events throughout the Midwest. Finally, behind Duffy’s desk and in front of his giant lava lamp is a family picture of his wife, Kristin, and their two kids, Nora and Charlie, showing that he is a family man above all else.



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