Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Welcome Back and a Welcome!

We are happy for the return of the hum of students, faculty, and staff back in the Library as the semester begins. Welcome back! (Unfortunately, we still have the bumps, scrapes, and shrill noises from the construction on the first floor during the day.)

We also welcome a new face to the library, Melissa Cardenas-Dow, a Visiting Reference Librarian. You will see Melissa at the reference desk and visiting your classes, eager to help students in the research process. Melissa has a bachelor's degree in anthropology from San Francisco State University, graduate studies at Claremont in cultural studies, and an MLIS from San Jose State University. She has particular interests in Asian diasporas, cultural anthropology, sociology, games in libraries, web/library 2.0, and the study of popular culture. Melissa is fluent in Tagalog, the native dialect of the Philippines, where she was raised until arriving in the U.S. as a teenager. Some of Melissa's guilty pleasures include World of Warcraft (she is a level 77 female night elf hunter named Linnar in the Sen’Jin realm), Hayao Miyazaki films, William Gibson's cyberpunk Neuromancer trilogy, and Sanrio characters. Come in and ask her some questions!

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