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Dean’s Message, January 2021

Recognizing and Partnering with Faculty

It is the beginning of a new year, one that we have anxiously awaited and now look forward to with great anticipation. As I think about all of the changes that occurred in 2020, one thing has remained constant—the commitment of U faculty to helping students succeed.

We work closely with many faculty members and see their commitment to students on a daily basis. Below I share a few vignettes of these faculty members.

Nadja Durbach is a historian of nineteenth and twentieth-century Britain and she collaborates with librarians to teach her students how to use library databases and other collections for comprehensive research.

Colleen Farmer teaches in the School for Biological Science and has worked with our Creativity and Innovation staff to create a virtual reality tool for students in Farmer’s Vertebrate Form and Function Anatomy class. Students use a Hololens (prepared by library staff) to dissect a dogfish and other various species.

shawnakim on a rope bridge

ShawnaKim Lowey-Ball is an historian on Southeast Asia, focusing particularly on Indonesia and the Malay world. She uses a wide variety of library collections ranging from books to databases and digitized collections.

For faculty, staff, and students, our goal has not changed: we continue to be “All U Need.”

As we head into spring semester with renewed optimism for the coming year, I wish you the best in 2021. I welcome you to reach out to me at any time (


Alberta Comer

Dean of Libraries

1 Comment
  • Laurie Bryant
    Posted at 19:28h, 14 January Reply

    This is informative, but not helpful to independent researchers like me, who have no access to the library.. My work is on hold.

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