Craig Boman, discovery services librarian, joined the University Libraries during the summer. He finds great satisfaction in using technology to connect library patrons to needed resources through technology.
Where are you originally from? What's your educational background?
I am originally from Vandalia, Ohio. My educational background is in music composition, and most recently higher education leadership.
What's your title? How would you describe your position at the Miami Libraries?
I am the Discovery Services Librarian. My role at Miami libraries is to provide the least amount of technical hurdles between library users and the information they need to be successful. This includes working closely with our library staff to collaboratively improve the ways we deliver and gather information.
What drew you to work in a library environment? Why did you choose the Miami Libraries?
I was drawn to working in libraries after working in one as a student in college. For a moment, I explored combining my music and library interests as an orchestra librarian. I have much respect for them, but it was not for me. I chose Miami Libraries because I want to be a part of something bigger. I look forward to exploring my research and service interests here.
What's the best part of working in a library?
For me, the best part of working in a library is building a library catalog website, and then seeing in Google analytics how many people are using that website to find library resources.
What's one thing you wish college students knew about using a library?
I wish college students knew how important being able to effectively gather the right information is to their lifelong learning and lifelong success as an informed citizen
What's your favorite book? What book character would you most like to be?
My favorite book is Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery. I am fond of the narrator. Her take on the world (by way of the author) is fascinating.
Most of my hobbies, when not musical, include travelling. I've played and sang in lots of ensembles. Most recently this includes bagpipe lessons.