The Instruction and Outreach Department manages and coordinates library research instruction for students, faculty and staff through course-related workshops, outreach activities, personal consultations, research guides and other instructional materials.

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Monday, September 13, 2010

Welcome, Alex and Jake!

The start of the fall semester brings two additions to the Duke Libraries Instruction and Outreach department and blog:  Alexandra "Alex" Gallin and Jake Vaccaro.  Alex and Jake are second-year students at UNC's School of Information and Library Science (SILS) and, lucky for us, have chosen to complete semester-long field experiences here in Perkins.

Alex has an undergraduate degree in anthropology and sociology from Carleton College, where she worked as a library assistant (and perhaps got bitten by the librarianship bug!).  She then spent nearly two years working in the reference department at NYU's Bobst library before pursuing her MLS.  She currently works at UNC's House Undergraduate Library and Davis Library and is active in the Community Workshop Series.  While at Perkins, she will help Diane support DukeEngage and Duke's Global Health Institute through collection development and instruction, as well as participate in the general activities of the Instruction and Outreach Department.

Jake completed his undergraduate degree in English and classics at Haverford College and then earned his MA in comparative literature and a graduate certificate in Medieval studies from UNC-Chapel Hill.  He completed all coursework and exams toward a PhD in Italian before beginning work on his MLS.  He taught Italian at UNC and Durham Technical Community College for several years and currently works at UNC's Davis Library.  Jake will be working on resources to support the Language Learning Options Group and helping to provide collection development for and outreach to Duke's Program in Education

Both Jake and Alex will regularly contribute to this blog, and they may ask to observe shifts at the reference desk or instruction sessions in Bostock or Lilly, so keep an eye out for our newest members of the team!

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