Name and Department
Valerie Hedquist, Associate Professor School of Art
How do you use the library to support your research and teaching?
Hello from the University of Iowa Fine Arts Library where I am researching and writing a book on Gainsborough’s famous painting known as the Blue Boy. Although I am delighted to spend a year in a specialized art history research library, I still use the Mansfield Library and its resources nearly every day. I find that sometimes an old newspaper article from the 1700s is available through Databases at U of Mt and not at U of Ia or I’ll want to order an unusual book through ILL and I need to use the resources at U of Mt.
What do you think is the most important service the library offers?
The folks in ILL have helped me so much over the years, it would not be an exaggeration to state that all of my scholarly work since moving to Montana in 1999 has been in one way or another supported by the efforts of staff and resources in ILL and also in the grander library at U of MT. Books, articles, newspapers, reproductions, journals that no longer exist or have changed names, and even more obscure biographical dictionaries and databases and indices have been accessed and utilized because of the top-notch staff at U of MT. I love “MY” library and wouldn’t know how to do my work without it.
What are you reading right now?
I’ve just discovered a source describing the archery contests at Harrow during the 17th century. I think the Blue Boy might be related to images of the young boys who participated. I WANT to read Jim Harrison’s new naughty book about an art historian! I am also on the holds list at the Iowa City Public Library for The Dinner, written by the Dutch writer, Herman Koch.