Name and department:
Anya Jabour, History and Women’s & Gender Studies
How do you use the library to support your research and teaching?
I visit the library at least once a week in person, and just about every day remotely, for my own research. For research, I make very extensive use of Interlibrary Loan, both to get books and articles from other libraries and to borrow sets of microfilm (which I also read in the library). I also visit remotely to consult various databases. Currently I am using a trial database called “Struggle for Women’s Rights” that has the organizational records of both the League of Women Voters and the National Woman’s Party for my research on feminist activist Sophonisba Breckinridge (1866-1948). I also use the Government Documents area a good deal because Breckinridge was a consultant for the U.S. Children’s Bureau, and she also testified before Congress on various matters.
I also make extensive use of the library for my writing classes. Currently I am on my second iteration of “Writing Women’s Lives,” an Upper-Division Writing class. My class uses a LibGuide maintained by Julie Edwards that has lots of useful links as well as class documents on it. We also have workshops on library research: Catalog and database research with Julie Edwards; Government Documents research with Susanne Caro; and Archives & Special Collections research with Donna McCrea. In addition, all of the required reading is either posted on the LibGuide, or is available via databases such as Project Muse and J-STOR.
What do you think is the most important service the library offers?
I have a hard time deciding on just one service! Let’s call it a three-way tie between ILL, databases, and reference assistance.
What are you reading right now?
Right now I am reading a big stack of books from ILL on the history of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom. I’m also reading congressional hearings on the first round of the Equal Rights Amendment (in the 1920s).