Jenne Heise, Reference LibrarianTitle:

Reference Librarian/Web Manager

Areas of Specialty:

  • Mathematics
  • Computer Science
  • English
  • Medieval History

Surprising areas of expertise:

  • Herbalism
  • Food culture/cooking
  • History of medicine
  • Development of the Internet
  • Agriculture
  • Neopagan movements

Why did you become a librarian?

I’ve always wanted to be a librarian. :) When I was in college, I was choosing between computer science and library science for graduate school. I reasoned that computer scientists (in those days) spent all day talking to computers, while librarians spent half the day talking to a computer and half the day talking to people. I went with librarianship.

What are your five all time top library resources?

  • Grzimek’s Animal Life Encyclopedia. Like Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom with footnotes.
  • Oxford Dictionary of Quotations, and in fact all dictionaries of quotations. Like Dorothy Sayers, “I always have a quotation for everything—it saves original thinking.”
  • Cambridge World History of Food
  • Britannica Online
  • Google Scholar/Open Worldcat

Contact Information:

At the Reference desk, or drop by her office: Learning Center 126 (Reference Area, Level C)
Or make an appointment for a consultation
Phone: x3675

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