April 20th, 2015 by John Jackson
This semester, we are highlighting the people that make Wardman Library possible. Each week, we will bring you an interview with one person who helps to support the mission of the library at Whittier College. You can find a list of past interviews in our blog archives. This week, we interviewed Serials and E-resources Librarian, Joe Dmohowski.
What is your job title?
Serials & Electronic Resources Librarian
What three words best describe you?
Discerning, Unruffled, Optimistic
What do you do at Whittier College?
I manage the online and print versions of our periodical subscriptions. I also oversee the administration and management of the online databases, such as JSTOR and PsycINFO. We significantly expanded our online holdings in 2015 by adding three new full text databases that cover business, economics, and kinesiology.
How would you describe your work space?
My desk is slightly cluttered. I relish the scenic view I have of the Upper Quad from my office window.
What’s your favorite book?
Unbroken (2009) by Laura Hillebrand was a terrific read. This biography of Olympic runner Louis Zamperini is a remarkable tale of resilience and the human spirit. Zamperini survived the crash of his B-24 in the Pacific during WWII and then endured 47 days on a tattered raft in shark-infested waters. After his “rescue” by the Japanese, Zamperini was brutalized in a prisoner of war camp until the war ended. Skip the movie and read this amazing book!
Longitude: the True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time by Dava Sobel (1998) is also one of my favorites. I think this would be a great choice for the First Year students reading selection. Walter Isaacson’s Steve Jobs (2011) is another outstanding biography.
What are you currently reading/watching/listening to?
I just finished reading a fascinating story: The Catcher Was a Spy: the Mysterious Life of Moe Berg (1995) by Nicholas Dawidoff. Berg was a former professional baseball player who also worked for the OSS (the precursor of the CIA) in WWII. I am now reading Galadrielle Allman’s heartfelt “song for her father,” Please Be With Me (2014). She is the daughter of guitar virtuoso Duane Allman. He died in a motorcycle accident at the age of 24 in 1971 when she was only two.
The Kinks’ Anthology 1964-71 is a superb five-CD box set that commemorates the English rock group’s fiftieth anniversary. This compilation truly does justice to one of the greatest “British Invasion” bands from the 1960’s.
What advice do you have for Whittier College students?
1. Take advantage of the services that are offered to you.
2. If you are able to participate in a study abroad opportunity, don’t pass that up!
What Wardman Library resource/service would you recommend to students?
I believe that Interlibrary Loan is the most important service that we offer, though our librarians are often underutilized assets. We are ready to assist!
Thank you, Joe, for taking the time to share your thoughts and experiences with us. Next week, we will bring you our final interview of the semester: Reference & Instruction Librarian, John Jackson.