In the past months, several librarians have assumed positions or changed positions at the UO Libraries to assist campus and community members with research and instructional needs. These profiles are meant to introduce our new hires and share their backgrounds and interests. Welcome to the UO Libraries!
Kevin McDowell: In June 2012, Kevin started his role as the new Japanese studies librarian. He manages the development of the Japanese collection and provides research and reference assistance to students. He comes to UO from the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he was the East Asian instruction librarian and an assistant professor in the Department of Research and Instruction. Kevin previously worked in Japan as an English language instructor. He earned his M.A. in Library and Information Science from University of Arizona, and his M.A. in Japanese History from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver. Kevin is a former Duck, having received his B.A. in history from the University of Oregon. He enjoys reading and hiking.
: In September 2012, Jennifer began her position as University Historian and Archivist. She will manage the University Archives permanent collections, oversee the department’s instruction program, and serve as an advisor on various collaborative projects. In her previous position at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian, Jennifer oversaw the operations of the museum’s Archive Center. She also has experience as a historian and an archivist for the U.S. Department of State and Princeton University. Jennifer is a Ph.D. candidate in history at Georgetown University, where her concentrations include international relations, Native American history, and social movements. She earned her M.A. in Library and Information Science from the University of Arizona, and her M.A. in History from Utah State University. She holds a B.S. in History from Utah State University. Jennifer is a native of Eugene and she enjoys running and hiking with her dog.
Yen Tran: Yen started in April 2012 as the undergraduate services librarian and manager of the new Global Scholars Hall Library Commons. She has a mixed portfolio of responsibilities, including teaching library instruction sessions and developing outreach programs. Yen was previously the collection development manager and science subject specialist at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, CA. She also has experience as an information services librarian at UC Santa Barbara. Yen earned her Master’s in Library and Information Science (MLIS) from the University of Washington and she holds B.A. degrees in art history and English from Willamette University. She grew up in Portland and enjoys hiking and yoga.
Xiaotong Wang: Xiaotong, formerly Digital Project Manager and Chinese Cataloger at the UO Libraries, started a new position as the Chinese Studies specialist in May 2012. Xiaotong will be focused on developing and managing the Chinese portion of the East Asian Collection, while also providing reference and consultation services to UO faculty and students. Xiaotong earned an M.A. in Asian Studies from the University of Oregon and a B.A. in English from Beijing Foreign Studies University. Xiaotong is originally from Beijing, China and she enjoys reading, tennis, and travel.