By J. Quarles
Special to Horizons
“Community, community, community” were words that kept repeating in my head during my interview and first month working at Embry-Riddle. And in my short time here I have seen the truth in these words.
Hello, I’m Jessica Quarles, the new Research and Instruction Librarian at Hazy Library. I am proud to be a part of this connected, caring, learning community that is filled with active and engaged researchers. Recently I’ve had the privilege of consulting with students submitting their proposals for Undergraduate Research Institute (URI) funding and it’s so exciting to see what scholars at Embry-Riddle are passionate about pursuing.
I earned a Master of Library and Information Science degree from Emporia State University and moved to Prescott from Salt Lake City, Utah where I worked at the Markosian Library at Salt Lake Community College. I am loving Prescott, especially all the outdoor opportunities. Recently, I discovered the Constellation Trails. If you haven’t hiked them yet, do yourself a favor! Put the trails on your list for an up-close view of some gorgeous Granite Dells rock formations.
In the Hazy Library, I am the Research Librarian liaison to the College of Security and Intelligence, and look forward to helping you with your research. Did you know we have about 100 databases available to you 24/7, both on and off campus? For GSIS/SIS in particular, some great ones to use are Digital National Security Archive, Stratfor Worldview, and Homeland Security Digital Library. We also have digital access to great publications like Defense Weekly, Intelligence Review, The New York Times, and many more.
Have you ever wondered how to keep track of all your sources? One tool that Hazy Library has subscribed to and one that I’m really passionate about is “RefWorks.” I would love to show you how, with a few clicks of a button, you can save your research, insert citations, create bibliographies and save yourself a lot of time and headaches! As the semester gets busier and busier, I know “RefWorks” will be a lifesaver.
Stop by the Hazy Library on Valentine’s Day for our “Blind Date with A Book” event. Students are invited to come and pick from our table of wrapped books. Each book has descriptive terms on the wrapped cover. Students will be encouraged to go on a “blind date with a book” – select a book based on the short descriptors and check it out! Once the book is checked out, unwrap it to discover if it is indeed a good “blind date match” AND get a raffle ticket for our prize drawing! Two lucky “book daters” will win a large heart shaped box of candy filled with delicious chocolate Lindt Gourmet Truffles. Winners will be drawn and contacted on February 15 (1 book/1 entry per person). We hope to see you there!
My passion as a librarian is giving you the tools you need to succeed. Please feel free to contact me at [firstname.lastname@example.org], stop by my office on the second floor of the Hazy Library or stop by the ASK Research Desk on the first floor. I look forward to meeting you all!