Helping Students, Faculty, & Staff with Research Questions
For anyone who needs assistance with research, I am a library jack of all trades with experience in just about every subject under the sun. You are welcome to schedule a research consultation with me (or any other UC Merced Librarian).
My Job in the UC Merced Library
I am the Deputy University Librarian and have been with UCM Library since 2002, long before UCM had a campus, faculty, or students. In my current position I work closely with the University Librarian, Haipeng Li, on such things as library planning, strategy, budget, collections, and staffing. There are a lot of really bright people working in the library, both career staff and student employees, and listening to what these smart folks have to say—and then giving them room to put their great ideas into action—makes my job that much easier. I think of the library as a lab and the students who are employed by the library as partners in our on-going information-science experiment, here as much to learn as to earn money. Many library student employees work in the library for the entire time they are at UCM, and it is great watching them grow and succeed as students and, eventually, alumni.
In addition to being a manager, I get to do a bit of reference, teaching, and other real librarian work. This helps me stay in touch with what is going on with the people who actually use the library. My goal is to see that UC Merced Library provides its community of users with the information they need for research, instruction, and learning. This means squeezing the maximum out of a budget that, no secret, should be bigger than it is. It also means communicating with library users so effectively that they are able to discover and access the information resources provided by the library with the fewest roadblocks and the least need for assistance from library staff. I'm also very intent on providing the campus with a library building that meets the diverse and dynamic needs of a growing student body.
My Job in the UC Systemwide Libraries
There would not be a UC Merced Library worth speaking of if it were not for the combined power of the ten UC Libraries. Starting in Fall 2015, fifty percent of my job has been working as Planning Lead for the ten UC Libraries plus the California Digital Library. As Planning Lead I attend meetings of the UC Council of University Librarians and work on special projects for that group.
My Research Interests
I am interested in a number of research areas related to libraries and information science and have published widely in these fields. Lately I've taken an interest in how artificial intelligence might be used to improve the success of undergraduate researchers working on papers and projects for their courses.
I am also interested in literary studies and have edited or authored several books and articles related to the literature of the American West and to children's literature.
My Personal Stuff
Before I came to UC Merced, I worked as a librarian at the Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center Library, the University of Houston Library, and the New Mexico State University Library. I earned my M.A. in English and my Master of Library and Information Studies degrees from UC Berkeley. In between my Berkeley years, I taught composition and American Literature at Boise State University, and way back in the day I worked as a fire fighter for the U.S. Forest Service .
I now live in Merced with my better half, our three human girls, and our three girl dogs. The female side of the family's assorted interests include mathematics, theater, Hot Cheetos, SpongeBob, and rawhide chewies. I am a lifelong fan of the San Francisco Giants Baseball Club.
Master of Library and InformationScience
University of California at Berkeley, 1990
Master of Arts, English
Univeristy of California at Berkeley, 1985
Bachelor of Arts, English
Boise State University, 1981
Deputy University Librarian &
UC Council of University Librarians Planning Lead
University of California, Merced
5200 North Lake Road
Merced, CA 95343