Name and department:
Tobin Miller Shearer
How do you use the library to support your research and teaching?
I regularly bring Julie Edwards in to my upper-division classes to do a presentation on research methods and resources. She also develops wonderful library guides with links to a host of research resources for each class that I teach. In my own research, I am a frequent user of interlibrary loan, call on librarians to help locate the occasional source, and consult with staff at Mansfield to help hone and direct my research techniques.
What do you think is the most important service the library offers?
Other than the absolute bedrock service of giving students access to books and journals, I think the library does an excellent job of helping our students learn how to discover and make use of the wealth of information available through printed and electronic resources. As expert researchers, catalogers, and interpreters of knowledge, librarians rock.
What are you reading right now?
Yesterday I finished: Joshua Rothman’s Flush Times and Fever Dreams: A Story of Capitalism and Slavery in the Age of Jackson. It’s a fascinating narrative history of slavery in the southwest that opens up new insight into the Jacksonian era and the peculiar institution.
I also enjoy reading science fiction. Just this weekend I finished Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One: A Novel, which is a highly creative exploration of virtual reality and corporate greed.