The Library is my resource for history, scholarship, and information. As a historian of sciences, my research methods and strategies have changed immensely with the digitization of so many journals and periodicals. Utilizing my three favorite databases, JSTOR, ProQuest, and AnthroSource, I am able to get up to-the-minute news and information, but just as quickly review a newspaper article about the crisis at Little Rock's Central High in 1957 or the slaying of Sitting Bull in 1890 while simultaneously reading the leading scholarship that analyzes those events.
The Library is my classroom. This semester, I have had the opportunity to teach my history of anthropology course in the LINK. A digitally rich course, the technology and the flexibility of these classrooms has enabled me to increase student engagement and learning outcomes.
The Library is my coffee shop: whenever I want to meet with students, colleagues, or guests to Duke University in a comfortable yet casual setting, I take them to von der Heyden Pavilion. It is warm and inviting with a sense of gravitas and import. It's a venue that is so Duke.
The Library is my solitude: As Trinity College's Dean of Academic Affairs, my office is a hub of frenetic activity. My unscheduled time is too often filled with phone calls and emails. When I need to read, write, or grade, I will go to the library, find a quiet corner, and think.
Lee D. Baker
Dean of Academic Affairs
Trinity College of Arts and Sciences
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