Meet Phil McEldowney: Librarian for Anthropology, Middle Eastern Languages & Cultures, and South Asian Languages & Cultures

Subject Liaisons are specialist librarians who focus on specific topics. They have a robust knowledge of library resources and are happy to assist with research and answer questions, large and small!

Today we’re interviewing Phil McEldowney, who is the Librarian for Middle East and South Asia Studies.

Subject Specialties

  • Anthropology
  • Middle Eastern Languages & Cultures
  • South Asian Languages & Cultures

Contact: (434) 924-4987 | | Alderman 224

What are some of the specific ways you can help people learning and working in your subject areas?

Phil McEldowney

  • I can answer questions right away about titles, resources, include URLs if possible;
  • I maintain Guides and web sites about my subject areas;
  • I produce a blog post every 3 or so months highlighting new resources, titles, events;
  • I provide lists of Middle East new titles for faculty to select and order, and make newly cataloged lists from those selections;
  • I attend public sessions of presentations of speakers in Departmental and interact with attendees;
  • I keep current with current events and research by attending conferences, participating in library meetings, and attending panels;
  • and I provide library resource information to incoming graduate students (e.g. Anthropology) or to other classes (e.g. Global studies of South Asia and the Middle East).

What’s a key message you’d like people at UVA to know about the Library?

UVA researchers should know that we have access to multiple databases, and those resources are updated frequently.

Enthusiastic endorsements…

“[Phil is] a genius. I didn’t expect to get [help] so instantly.”

“Phil has unfailingly responded to every bibliographic request with ability, efficiency, courtesy and cheerfulness. He has brought to his work a professionalism and dedication that matches any I have seen anywhere in the world.”


Visit Phil’s staff directory page.




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