Q&A with…” is a series dedicated to introducing staff members to the Oberlin community. We are highlighting one staff member each week. Is there someone you’d like to nominate? Please get in touch.
Elizabeth Sullivan, assessment and user experience librarian, works in the main library located in Seeley G. Mudd Center. Sullivan was hired in January 2018 and previously worked as a computer systems and public services librarian at Wilkes University. At Oberlin, she provides reference and instruction services for the main library and helps the libraries assess services, collections, and the user experience.
Get to know more about Sullivan in this Q&A.
Describe your role in six words.
Answering your questions with data.
Best advice someone gave you?
Sometimes a unique and interesting reason persuades an audience better than a true but standard reason.
Favorite class in college or school?
It's hard to pick, but I particularly loved a class on the British Empire taught by Jennifer Hall-Witt at Smith College. I even have a favorite lecture from that class in which the professor discussed how British perceptions of gender over time shifted between something that was fixed at birth and something more fluid.
If you could have witnessed one event in history, what would it be?
I'd like to see the Voynich manuscript used for its intended purpose by its creator. I'm sure the actual use is less exciting than some of the theories, but if I only got to see one thing, I'd want to take the chance to solve a mystery.
Favorite board game?
I really enjoy Kill Dr. Lucky. It has the atmosphere of Clue with more interesting game mechanics.
Last book you read?
The Stone Sky, by N.K. Jemisin