15 authors share how libraries have impacted their lives

Continuing our celebration of National Library Week (April 9-15), we caught up with some of our textbook authors and asked them to tell us more about the role that libraries have, and continue to play, in their personal, professional, and/or academic lives. Read their responses below.

“It is impossible to imagine my life and careerNational Library Week without libraries. They are the lifeblood of the intellectual life of students and professors, and have adapted skillfully to the demands of the electronic world and beyond, including art exhibits, book discussion groups, and other varied activities.”

Martin Gannon, PhD, Professor at California State University, San Marcos, co-author of Understanding Global Cultures 

“As an immigrant child (from Sweden) the public library played a huge role in helping develop my English language skills as well as in fostering my love for literature and books.  From those early “card catalogue” days to the current digital revolution, libraries continue to be my gateway to knowledge about the world around us and an experiential window into the lives of others.”

Kjell Rudestam, PhD, Professor at Fielding Graduate University, co-author of Surviving Your Dissertation

“Whether directly or through interlibrary services, libraries are absolutely indispensable to my academic research as they provide me with access to materials in paper and electronic forms.”

-Javier Trevino, Professor at Wheaton College, author of Investigating Social Problems      

“I rely very heavily on libraries in my work.  Not only are libraries the primary source of most of the scholarship that I use when doing my own research and writing, but librarians and library staff themselves are extraordinarily helpful to me. I’m a very heavy user of my library’s Interlibrary Loan services, and I do not take for granted the advantages of having quick and easy access to whatever documents, books, and information I need. I’m currently writing a textbook with SAGE and I can safely say that without libraries, there would be no textbook. Finally, perhaps less visibly, libraries and librarians play an enormous role in promoting freedom of speech, freedom of the press, information sharing, and democratic principles. They are indispensable.”

Jennifer K. Bosson, Professor at the University of South Florida, co-author of Psychology of Gender– coming out in June 2017

“My career, thankfully, was built on my dissertation. My credibility has been built on a research-backed justification for why we should visualize data effectively. So I spent my academic career in Waldo Library and I rely on library access for my continued professional growth. Personally, my house has turned 100 this year and thanks to my local library I’ve been able to trace its ownership history, including their profession, all the way back to construction.”

Stephanie Evergreen, PhD, Evergreen Data & Evaluation, LLC, author of Presenting Data Effectively

“A library has a lot in common with the values of the field of organization development – learning and growth, openness, and an authentic engagement of people and ideas. For me personally, libraries satisfy a thirst for information and provide inspiration for further learning.”

Donald L. Anderson, PhD, Professor at the University of Denver, author of Cases and Exercises in Organization Development & Change

“Libraries have played an important role in my personal and professional life. As a child, I read constantly and the local library gave me the chance to read a wide variety of books as often as I liked. As a parent, I take my son to the library at least a couple of times a month to give him the chance I had to enjoy reading as an important part of his life. Professionally, I could not have written the texts or articles I have published without access to my university library on a daily basis! Libraries are a vital part of life in a community.”

-Dawn M. McBride, PhD, Professor at Illinois State University, author of The Process of Research in Psychology

“As a young child, the local library was my refuge. It was a gateway for my mind to travel to different worlds, to experience different lives, to imagine things that might be. Each Friday night I would literally walk back home with my arms full of books and then be lost for hours in the sheer joy of reading.”

-Bill Howe, EdD, Professor at Quinnipiac University, co-author of Becoming a Multicultural Educator

“Libraries have always been a major, wonderful part of my life. When I was three, my mother would put me in a coaster wagon and pull me the five blocks to the Cudahy Public Library. I got to read “Snip, Snap and Snur” books until my heart was content. When I was 11, I would ride my bike to my grandmother’s house after visiting the library and climb into my tree house and read for hours. Later in life, I spent days and days in the library doing research for some project or another. Even into my doctoral program, I forsook the ease of the Internet for the thrill of the hunt in the library stacks. The kind librarians, the wonderful facilities and the smell of old paper made my life complete. To this day, libraries serve as a repository of knowledge that are unequaled and a wonderful vessel of history. They maintain the archives of time and we would all be lost without them.”

-Vince Filak, PhD, Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, author of Dynamics of Media Writing

“Libraries and librarians have been the life-blood of my life and career. I have inhabited a world full of ideas, history and stories and have been blessed with the opportunity for a life of the mind. My proudest moment is to have my books in library.”

Matthew Lippman, PhD, Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicagoauthor of Criminal Procedure

“My research on American foreign policy is far stronger when I draw from our growing collections in our university library. Our students say the same thing!”

Steven W. Hook, Professor at Kent State University, author of U.S. Foreign Policy

“During the hectic days of college, it was in the library, surrounded by piles of musty books, that I found both spiritual peace and intellectual stimulation. There are not many places where that can happen.”

Phillip G. Clampitt, PhD, Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, author of Communicating for Managerial Effectiveness

“Libraries have been as important as food and water in my life. Without them, I simply could not do the research I love, read for pleasure, or write the books I’ve written. Without them, I’ve no idea where I would find myself.”

Callie Rennison, PhD, Professor at the University of Colorado Denver, co-author of Introduction to Criminal Justice

“As a child and as an academic, libraries have been my gateway to new worlds and knowledge. Whether we access traditional books, e-books, or useful databases, libraries give us all the opportunity to learn, grow, and imagine far beyond our own experiences.

Pamela A. Zeiser, Professor at the University of North Florida, author of Global Studies Research- coming out in July 2018

“I have had the opportunity to spend many edifying and satisfying hours in university libraries, but I have particularly fond memories of the two weeks I spent doing dissertation research in the library at the University of Illinois – Urbana Champaign in 1998. The richness of the resources was amazing and the materials I found there made a significant contribution to my work. While internet research is valuable, there is still something powerfully meaningful about the tactile research experience that only a library can provide.”

Daina Eglitis, professor at The George Washington University, co-author of Discover Sociology

“When I was young, libraries opened surprising new worlds I never knew existed–worlds of adventure that have stayed exciting every day since.”

Donald F. Kettl, Dean of the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland, author of Politics of the Administrative Process




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