Originally posted on October 3, 2011

NAME: Juleah Swanson
TITLE & DEPARTMENT: Electronic Resources and Access Librarian, Acquisitions
DEGREE & SCHOOL: Masters of Library and Information Science, University of Washington
UNDERGRAD: Women’s Studies, Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME
HOBBY OR ACTIVITY: Hiking/walking in the Metro Parks
FAVORITE ELECTRONIC RESOURCE: Factiva because even though “it’s not user-friendly, you can find answers to difficult questions.”

1. What’s a dream of yours?

First person to land on Mars because (one reason at least) it’s hard to top Neil Armstrong, whom everyone knows!

2. What’s one book or movie that you would recommend and why?

The Cove is a documentary about dolphins that are killed, ultimately for no real reason. While it’s fairly one-sided and sad, it is eye opening. It’s also interesting in that it’s an amateur film and plays out like a thriller—these groups of activists plant hidden cameras and enter places illicitly to discover the truth.

3. On the show “Inside the Actor’s Studio,” James Lipton administers the Bernard Pivot questionnaire at the end of every show. One of the questions that I’d like to ask you is: “What turns you on creatively, spiritually, or emotionally?”

Being in an environment that breeds innovation gives me the energy to be proactive and excited.

4. What’s the best local place you’ve eaten in Columbus so far?

Juniors Taco Truck on 5th and Highland. They have tent you can sit in, and they also sell Mexican Cokes (the good bottled kind with real sugar –ed).

5. What advice would you have given yourself starting out in library school?

Pick a path for what you want to do, and get as much experience is you can. If it turns out to be wrong, do something else and repeat.

NAME: Brian Leaf
TITLE & DEPARTMENT: Instructional Design Librarian, Teaching and Learning
DEGREE & SCHOOL: Master of Science Library Science, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
UNDERGRAD: Linguistics, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
HOBBY OR ACTIVITY: Roller skating (no joke)
FAVORITE INSTRUCTOR: Mr. Vender, Percussion Instructor. He was a solid musician, level-headed and friendly.

1. If you were OSU Library Director Carol Diedrichs for a day, what would you do?

I would probably be a slave to my calendar. I have taken a look at Carol’s calendar and she has lots of meetings. I imagine there is a lot of paperwork too.

Oh, and I would take the current Residents out to a nice dinner 🙂

2. Where did you go on your last vacation?

Waikiki, Hawaii. It was wonderful. I learned how to play the ukulele and surf, went in a submarine, took a small plane to the Big Island to see the volcanoes, visited a macadamia nut farm, drank the best coffee, Kona coffee, and went to a luau at the Polynesian Cultural Center.

3. Since moving to Columbus and unpacking, have you discovered anything that you probably didn’t need to pack?

I wish I hadn’t brought as much stuff. I don’t know where to put it all. Right now I’m trying to sell some things. Bar stools and a microwave.

4. What is your favorite viral video?

Terry Tate Office Linebacker


5. Given all the fields, opportunities, and professional choices out there today, why are you a librarian?

Information is global currency. Library and Information Science is a good platform for creating transformational changes that impact society. Changes such as ensuring better information to all people and for people to make better informed decisions, not just big ticket decisions.