Collins Library Welcomes Ben Tucker: New Business, Economics & Social Sciences Librarian

Collins Memorial Library is pleased to announce the appointment of Ben Tucker as the new Business, Economics and Social Sciences Librarian.  Ben joined the Library liaison team on January 19th and will be responsible for reference and information services for not only Business and Economics, but Comparative Sociology and International Political Economy.  He will also be involved in the development of our institutional repository, Sound Ideas.  Most recently Ben served as a Content Evaluation Specialist at Amazon where he was responsible for a variety of programs associated with copyright status and evaluation of electronic publications.  Ben completed his graduate work in Library and Information Science in June 2010 at the University of Washington where he worked at both the Odegaard Undergraduate and Engineering libraries and was involved in the development of outreach programs as well as information literacy initiatives.   Ben was the recipient of the 21st Century Award upon graduation which reflects his commitment to innovation and change.  He has also worked as a teacher in the Hawaii Public Schools and as a Media Specialist at the University of Hawaii.  Ben completed his undergraduate degree in American Studies at the University of New Mexico.  Ben states, “I am excited to facilitate teaching and learning at the University of Puget Sound by providing friendly and relevant research assistance to students. I try to blend proven and innovative service models in order to create an supportive environment where information literacy is promoted as a skill set that can improve results of research, while making it a less frustrating experience.”  In his spare time, Ben enjoys drinking strong coffee, reading narrative non-fiction, watching movies, brewing beer and fishing!

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