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 Erin Pappas, Research Librarian for the Humanities.
- Media Studies
- Slavic Languages & Literatures
- Women, Gender, & Sexuality
Contact: (434) 924-4982 | firstname.lastname@example.org | Alderman 408A
What are some of the ways you can help people learning and working in your subject areas?
I’m usually able to help at various points in the research process. Sometimes people just need to bounce ideas off someone and talk through ideas, others need to know how to structure what they’re doing in terms of research design or methods. Later on, I can help make sure there’s nothing that’s been overlooked.
What do you want people to know about the Library?
That we have a ton of people working here with all kinds of different expertise. That, and librarians absolutely love to answer questions, solve problems, and track down obscure information. We’re like detectives that way!
What’s the best way for people to find or contact you?
I have office hours that people can schedule with me outside of the library, in Brooks or Levering Hall. Otherwise email me to set up an appointment—I am rarely in my office, but if you see me around Grounds certainly say hello!
Can you give us an idea of how it works when you’re assisting someone with their research?
With undergraduate students we usually meet once in-person to discuss their work and strategies for conducting research. Depending on the depth of the project we will usually talk more over email and possibly meet again. If someone is working on a big project, like a capstone or DMP, then I’ll be in touch with them at multiple points over the semester.
What are some research challenges you enjoy?
Tracking down a secondhand citation and finding the original; obscure facts and figures; finding digital surrogates in unexpected places.
What’s something interesting you’ve found in the course of your work?
I absolutely love looking at digital collections of materials from the former Soviet Union: like this one of children’s books from Princeton; Duke’s Soviet poster collection; and the Open Society Archives Soviet propaganda films.
“[Erin,] thank you so much for coming to our class. The students who attended the session have already commented how useful it was, and how much it is helping them.”
“[A student] said she had been dreading this session because she thought it would be so boring, but she ended up finding it really fun and interesting. You made subject headings interesting!”
“Erin, seriously, you are AMAZING!!! This assignment looks awesome and I am so deeply appreciative of the work you put into it”