David Pavelich

Head of Research Services, Rubenstein Library

Rubenstein Library
Durham, NC  27708
Phone: +1-919-660-5825

As Head of Research Services in the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, I lead a team of amazing librarians and library staff to provide access to our incredible and diverse collections. We collectively support researchers here at Duke as well as researchers across the globe, and we help faculty and students to introduce our unique collections into their coursework and teaching.

Before coming to Duke, I worked at the University of Chicago’s Special Collections Research Center (2005-2010) as a reference and instruction librarian and bibliographer for modern poetry. My research interests are twentieth century American poetry and poetics and small press poetry publishers of the twentieth century.


Master of Arts (MA-LIS), Library and Information Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2004

Master of Arts (MA), English, State University of New York at Buffalo, 2002

Bachelor of Arts (BA), English, University of Wisconsin – Madison, 1998

Selected Publications & Presentations

"Sheep & Goats.” The Useful In-Between: Where Data, Arts, and Humanities Meet. IASSIST Annual Conference (International Association for Social Science Information Services & Technology), Minneapolis, MN, June 3, 2015.

“The Little Green Fire: Merrill Gilfillan’s Later Poetics.” Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture since 1900, University of Louisville, February 28, 2015.

“From Faculty to Grave Hunters: Who Uses Our Special Collections and Why?” Panel Organizer and Speaker, with Jennifer Baker (NCSU) and Jason Tomberlin (UNC). Triangle Research Libraries Network (TRLN) Annual Conference, UNC Chapel Hill, July 23, 2014.

“Antennae, 2000-2012” [retrospective of literary magazine]. Chicago Review, Vol. 54, No. 3/4 (Spring 2013), pp. 207-209.

[Book chapter] “Lighting Fires in Creative Minds: Teaching Creative Writing in Special Collections.” Past is Portal: Teaching Undergraduates Using Special Collections and Archives. Edited by Eleanor Mitchell, Peggy Seiden, and Suzy Taraba. Chicago: Association of College and Research Libraries, 2012.

“Tenderness & Gristle: Mis-designing Lorine Niedecker’s Radical Poetics.” Protest on the Page, Biennial Conference of the Center for the History of Print and Digital Culture, University of Wisconsin-Madison, September 29, 2012.