This is the second part in a series that will help you get to know your Helmke librarians. View previous posts in this series here. Do you have a question for us? Visit our Ask-A-Librarian page and be in touch!
What departments do you work with on campus?
History, Political Science, Anthropology, and International Language and Culture Studies
What are your other major duties?
Coordinator of Government Documents
What parts of being a librarian do you enjoy the most?
My favorite part of my job is working with students — when a student has an “aha” moment or overcomes a roadblock (and we ALL encounter roadblocks when doing research!) and feels that, yes, I too can do this. I love seeing a student get very “into” whatever question it is that they are pursuing.
What are some of your research interests?
I’m currently working on a project which explores how today’s students experience the research process. I’m also interested in how we might make Helmke Library’s web presence more student-friendly, as well as possible research projects related to government documents.
What are some of your favorite books? Is there one you particularly recommend for students?
My personal favorite genre is memoir and I also have an interest in Eastern healing arts and practices. I’d recommend that students check out our book displays on the first floor and, as part of their college experience, to take the time to get lost in the Stacks — to, at least once (or a zillion times), browse the old fashioned way and see what they might (by accident!) discover.
Is there any resource that you particularly love? Why?
I think the OED (Oxford English Dictionary) is probably one of my top favorites — just take a random word and see how the OED has traced its meaning over decades and perhaps centuries. We live in a very dynamic and information-rich digital world and I’m discovering new resources all of the time. For example, check out Ad Access from Duke University Libraries or Oyez, jointly hosted by Cornell’s Legal Information Institute, Chicago-Kent College of Law and Justia.com.
Do you have any hobbies?
I enjoy walking my dog Soji and still spend a lot of time these days working on all the projects that go along with being a home-owner. I enjoy time with friends, eating (of course!) and doing tai chi.
Any fun travel stories you’d like to share?
I’ve been to Europe twice, but feel I’ve barely touched the surface of all that there is to see internationally. I also really enjoy taking in U.S. destinations — one of the things I’m enjoying most about Fort Wayne is that there is soooooo much to explore within a 3 hour drive of IPFW.
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