Jill Westen

Information Literacy Librarian

More about Jill Westen

Liaison Departments: Art, Music, English, History, Modern Languages

Academic Background
MLIS, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
MFA, Fiction, University of Iowa (Writer’s Workshop)
BA, English Writing with a minor in Piano Performance, Northwestern College, St. Paul, MN

Professional Involvement
American Library Association
ACRL
SALALM
Music Library Association
Art Libraries Society of North America
Iowa Library Association

Grants
America’s Music Grant, 2013, from the NEH

Great Books
Cloud Atlas, by David Mitchell
The House on Fortune Street, by Margot Livesey
The Keep, by Jennifer Egan
Bel Canto, by Ann Patchett
Middlesex, by Jeffrey Eugenides
Atonement, by Ian McEwan
The Truth about Celia, by Kevin Brockmeier
Walk Two Moons, by Sharon Creech
Wild Iris, by Louise Gluck
Rose, by Li-Young Lee

Background and Research Interests:
As liaison to the departments of English, Modern Languages, Music, Art, and History, I serve students by teaching critical research skills, providing in-depth one-on-one research guidance, and developing a strong and vibrant collection that meets student need and provides opportunities for serendipitous discovery. A specific area of interest is ethnically diverse resources, and my knowledge of Bollywood films can be explored further on my website, on this guide, or in person. In the summer of 2013, I initiated Vogel Library’s World Music Instrument Collection, a collection of instruments from around the world available for check-out one week at a time and available for inspiration all the time! See more at the guide.

As I am a practicing writer; another interest of mine is a strong literary collection that represents both canon and marginalized works.

In real life I enjoy my log home haven with its orchard, garden, prairie knoll, and various wild and domesticated birds.

I am here during the day, M-F, from about 9-5, with an evening shift in there one day. If you cannot catch me in my office, please call or email to set up an appointment.