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HIST 100: What is Hollywood? (Fall 2023)

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.

Favorite Films

  • A Man for All Seasons (1966) [obviously]
  • Back to the Future (1985)
  • The Outsiders (1983)
  • Ghostbusters (1984)
  • Tron: Legacy (2010) -- "but it's just a 2 hour Daft Punk music video" Yes. Exactly.

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