Meet the Mansfield is our feature on the faculty and staff who are the heart of the Library. From Reference to Instruction, Printing to Interlibrary Loan, Archives to Acquisitions and everywhere in between, the people featured here make the library run. Read on to learn more about the great faculty and staff at the Library!
What is your name and work title?
Tammy Ravas, Associate Professor, Visual and Performing Arts Librarian and Media Coordinator
What do you do in the library?
As the Visual and Performing Arts Librarian, I work with the Schools of Art, Media Arts, Music, and Theatre and Dance. I get to select books, sound and video recordings, scores, and electronic resources related to these areas. I teach sessions, workshops, and courses on conducting research in the visual and performing arts. I answer reference questions at the reference desk as well as through individual consultations.
Here is a link to my research guides in the Visual and Performing Arts:
As Media Coordinator, I help to shape policy in the library related to non-print materials in our collection and I also stay informed about copyright issues— especially as they related to non-print materials in our library. Although I’m not a lawyer, I received a certification in Copyright Management and Leadership through the former Center for Intellectual Property at the University of Maryland in 2010. I give workshops to provide information on the basics of copyright law and how it affects student, staff, and faculty work. There are many myths, legends, and interesting perceptions about copyright law and academia; I enjoy giving students and workshops participants an opportunity to engage with authoritative resources and information on the topic in an attempt to dispel some of these myths. Samantha Hines, Head of the Missoula College Library, also has the same certification from the University of Maryland in Copyright Management and Leadership and we’ve created and edited some library guides to point users in the right direction to assist with copyright questions:
Copyright Information For Authors by Samantha Hines
Copyright Issues and Resources by Samantha Hines and Tammy Ravas
Media Resources by Tammy Ravas
Public Domain and Creative Commons: A Guide to Works You Can Use Freely by Tammy Ravas
What are you watching/reading/listening to right now?
What I’ve been watching lately: (In no particular order) Dr. Who (both classic and new episodes); Kids in the Hall; and The IT Crowd on Netflix streaming. Favorite movie in our collection (for right now at least): Nueve Reinas (Nine Queens) DVD 01193.
What I’ve been reading: (In no particular order) I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai, Knitting for Dummies by Pam Allen, and the graphic novel Unterzakhn by Leela Corman.
What I’ve been listening to: (In no particular order) Stone Roses, The Cure, Depeche Mode, Marvin Gaye, and a lot of amazing classical music in the form of Requiem masses since I recently gave a talk about that topic. I highly recommend Berlioz’s Grand Messe des Morts (CD 03114 for the Robert Shaw / Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus recording).