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HIST 344: Colonial North America, 1492-1763 (Becker, Spring 2024)

Introduction: Who Am I? (Rick)

Hello! I'm the W&M History Librarian. A few facts about me:

  • I started as the W&M librarian for History, Philosophy, and Government Documents in Fall 2022.
  • Before moving here, I was an assistant professor & librarian at Portland State University (Oregon), and before that was the History Librarian at Drew University in Madison NJ, where I was also on the History & Culture faculty. I began my library career as the research librarian to the North Dakota legislature in Bismarck ND - it was very, very cold.
  • In addition to a Library Science masters degree, I'm trained as a historian (BA, MA, PhD), and my research interests are Anglo-American History, the history of 19th century cultural & intellectual life, and (my favorite topic!) the history of higher education.
  • I grew up in a farm town about an hour from Buffalo NY; my town was so small that learning to square dance & using snow shoes were part of the K-12 curriculum. My town has 1 traffic light, 4 pizzerias, and a weekly farmers' market. My older brother is the Principal.
  • My publication areas have been the history of education, history of publishing, data management, and government information. I'm currently working on two projects: a study of how COVID-19 impacted the distribution of government publications to libraries, and a study of the 19th century academic profession.
  • My favorite part of living in Virginia is finally seeing wild Opossums. My least favorite thing is the heat.

Introduction: Who am I? (Rachel)

  • I started as the W&M librarian for Art & Art History, Music, Theatre & Dance, and Digital Humanities this past summer
  • Before moving here, I was completing my Master’s in Library and Information Science at Syracuse University. I also worked as a graduate library assistant at Syracuse University Libraries and a graduate library intern at SUNY ESF’s Moon Library.
  • In addition to a Library Science master’s degree, I have BA in English Literature with a concentration in Digital Humanities. My research interests are the long 19th century, Victorian literature and culture, digital humanities and pedagogy, and adaptation theory particularly relating to Arthuriana and mythology/folklore.
  • I grew up an hour north of Los Angeles, CA and for many years my town had the distinction of being the 3rd safest city in the US. However, both with my family and on my own, I have lived in 4 different states: CA, AZ, NY, and VA.
  • My publication areas have been text and data mining, text encoding, digital pedagogy, and teaching digital humanities, I'm currently working on a book chapter about teaching TDM to library professionals and students using HathiTrust’s Digital Library and Research Center.
  • So far, I love the community and calm of Williamsburg (also the trivia scene is pretty great)

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