Meet Beth Boatright

This is the third 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!


Beth BoatrightWhich departments do you work with on campus?

I specialize in business research: Management, Marketing, Accounting, Finance, and Economics.

What are your other major duties?

I do behind-the-scenes work on library technology and marketing.

What parts of being a librarian do you enjoy the most?

I love working with our students and teaching classes! My favorite moments are when everything clicks and people’s lives are made better or easier because of the library.

What are some of your research interests?

I’m interested in how libraries and librarians can get better at what they do by leveraging principles from the business world like leadership, marketing, and behavioral economics.

What are some of your favorite books? Is there one you particularly recommend for students?

Right now I’m somewhat obsessed with both Brené Brown’s Daring Greatly and Walter Wangerin’s Ragman and Other Cries of Faith.

For students, I’d recommend diving into books that will help you understand different points of view. Ideally, you can apply other people’s wisdom to your own decision-making so you have fewer regrets later on. That could mean learning about a different culture or learning how to think about information and relationships.

Is there any resource that you particularly love? Why?

For business research, I adore Passport, which has tons of data about people, countries, and lifestyles all over the world. But a fun resource for anyone to play with is PolicyMap. PolicyMap is just a map of the US that can be populated with all kinds of demographic data. It draws on Census and other government and public data sources and can be used in all sorts of ways. You can figure out the best place for a new business, find out about crime rates or restaurant access in a city before you visit, or learn about your own neighborhood.

Do you have any hobbies?

I spend a lot of time working with a local organization that helps people struggling with addiction. I also love reading, trying out new technology, re-watching old episodes of The West Wing, and playing canasta with my family.

Bethnascar1Any fun travel stories you’d like to share?

I really like to travel! This year my big trip was an item from my husband’s bucket list – we went to see the Daytona 500 last February. I am more of a Jane Austen fan than a Dale Earnhardt Jr. fan, but I’ve learned all about racing and it’s starting to grow on me. Daytona was especially fun because I watched drivers race just inches apart at 200 mph, entirely dependent on their crew to tell them when and where there was room to move around on the track. As someone who tries to fact-check everything, that was an impressive display of trust. (And watching more than 100 cars crash during that weekend reminded me that double-checking even my most trusted sources might help me avoid wrecks!)

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Meet Ann Marshall

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!


annWhat 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.

ImageDo 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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Meet Sarah Wagner

This is the first part in a new series that will help you get to know your Helmke librarians. Do you have a question for us? Visit our Ask-A-Librarian page and be in touch! 

Sarah Wagner is Helmke Library’s Engineering librarian.


What departments do you work with on campus?

Civil & Mechanical Engineering, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Computer, Electrical, & Information Technology, Manufacturing & Construction Engineering Technology, and Computer Science

What are your other major duties?

Scholarly Communications & Library Social Media Manager

What are your favorite things about Fort Wayne?

DeBrand’s Chocolates! And the River Greenway (to balance out the chocolates).

What do you love about being a librarian?

I love working one-on-one with students.  In my senior year of college, I realized I was having the most fun helping a friend who was struggling with a research project.  Over many late nights and lots of caffeinated beverages, I grew to love research and helping others better define and find what’s they’re looking for – which is one of many things a librarian does. It’s still my favorite part of my job!

What are some of your research interests?

I’m really interested in understanding how students do research for their assignments and how they experience using library resources such as databases and the website. I’m very interested in finding ways to make the library’s instruction program and resources better suited to student needs and more user friendly. I’m also fascinated by a number of scholarly communications issues, such as open access publishing and predatory journals.

What are some of your favorite books?

So many! Two of my all-time favorites are The Shadow of the Wind and The Night Circus. And, of course, Harry Potter.

Is there any resource that you particularly love? Why?

My all-time favorite database is definitely Opposing Viewpoints – I love how it highlights the different perspectives on controversial issues.  I wish I had had access to this database when I was in high school and college, it would have saved me a lot of time!  Any time a student comes to me and explains that they need sources arguing from different sides of an issue, this is my go-to database.  In addition, when I’m working with engineering and technology students, I like to use Compendex, which offers one of the broadest searches on science and engineering literature available.

Do you have any hobbies or fun travel stories you’d like to share?

In addition to reading too much, I enjoy cooking, drinking tea, and hiking.

Almost eight years ago now, I traveled with my family to Shanghai, China for my oldest brother’s wedding.  My brother and sister-in-law had a traditional Chinese wedding, which included my brother riding a pony!  (I’ve got pictures to prove this!)  Overall, the trip was really fascinating on many levels and I’d love to go back.

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