Mark Dahlquist joined the University Libraries in February as humanities and social sciences librarian, bringing a rich history of experiences in higher education.
Where are you originally from? What's your educational background?
I’m originally from the Chicago area. My Ph.D. in English Renaissance literature and my MLIS are both from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana.
What's your title? How would you describe your position at the Miami Libraries?
I’m a humanities and social sciences librarian, and I serve as liaison to the departments of English and media, journalism & film. My job is to make sure that students and faculty members in these departments have access to the information resources, including books, that they need, as well as to provide research support and instructional support for these departments. I also really enjoy providing reference services to library users outside these departments.
What drew you to work in a library environment? Why did you choose the Miami Libraries?
I’ve worked in a variety of libraries, including English, art, science, and rare book libraries. In every case, what drew me to the libraries are spaces where people come to learn from others and to consider and begin new projects of all kinds.
What's the best part of working in a library?
Meeting and working with people with different research interests and the constant exposure to ideas and information from unfamiliar perspectives.
What's one thing you wish college students knew about using a library?
Using library resources will result in you producing work that is better: work that will not only be more interesting to your readers, but also—and most importantly—more interesting to you. A little more research will often take you a long way further.
What are you most excited about tackling in your new role?
I’ve particularly enjoyed getting to know the research and creative focuses of individual students and faculty members here at Miami.
What's your favorite book?
I’m not sure that I have a favorite book. One I would mention, however, that I’ve had a lasting relationship with is Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s “Brothers Karamazov.”
I enjoy hiking and camping, and am looking forward to exploring Southwest Ohio.
What's something people don't know about you that might surprise them?
In high school, I interviewed the great science fiction author Frederik Pohl. I accidentally poked a hole in his armchair with my pencil.