Meet Patrick Gamsby, who joined the Public Services department as Academic Outreach Librarian for the Humanities in mid January. Patrick joins his Humanities counterpart, Judy Pinnolis, in delivering services and devising engagement to several Humanities departments and programs. The constituencies to which Patrick is assigned include English, Philosophy, History of Ideas, Comparative Literature, Romance Studies, and European Cultural Studies. He will also coordinate the First Year Library Instruction Program (FLIPs) integration with the University Writing Seminar. Patrick holds a PhD in Human Studies; this and his language and research skills will bring great strength to his work supporting these activities.
Patrick comes to us from Duke, where he was Data Curator in the Provost’s office. Prior, he was Scholarly Communications Intern in Duke’s Perkins Library, and in past has been a Teaching and Research Assistant for the Department of Philosophy at Laurentian University and a Research Assistant in Environmental Studies at York University. Patrick received his PhD in 2012, his Masters in Environmental Studies in 2007, and his Master of Library and Information Science in 2006.
Like his peer outreach librarians, Patrick will participate in a broad range of activities in support of teaching, learning, and research at Brandeis. This includes understanding discipline-specific curricular needs and coordinating use of library and technology services in support of them, understanding research practice and learning culture of departments in order to develop appropriate programs and outreach, providing instruction that incorporates information and technology fluency, selecting resources and evaluating collections, and providing research assistance that engages scholars at every stage of their careers.
For Patrick, librarianship is a family affair. Patrick’s wife is Science Librarian at Wellesley College. Please find contact information for Patrick and all LTS subject liaisons at: http://lts.brandeis.edu/research/staff.html