About This Blog
You can get a good idea of what this blog is about by reading over the welcome post and by taking a look at the “Categories” list in the right sidebar. But in short, I set up this blog to be a space for discussing libraries and their role as information providers. I usually approach the subject from the perspective of an academic librarian (start with what you know best!) but intend that the information I provide be applicable to a range of library settings.
I’m the Reference & Instruction Librarian for Whittier College. I completed my MLIS at San Jose State University in 2012 with aspirations of working in an academic library as a subject specialist and reference librarian. My research interests include information literacy, print and digital humanities, emerging trends in scholarly communication, reference and instruction, virtual services, and personal information management.
About the Name “Ink and Vellum”
I studied medieval literature in college, so the manuscript, as a physical purveyor of information, has a special place in my heart. Aside from its sentimental appeal, however, the concomitant pair, ink and vellum, evokes for me the concept of information having both content and form, an aspect which is essential for understanding how to deal with it.