Introducing Rachel Hogan, Instruction & Research Librarian

Posted on
July 31, 2023

In this post, we introduce our newest Instruction and Research Librarian, Rachel Hogan!Rachel Hogan

Rachel Hogan

Instruction and Reference Librarian

What does your job entail?
I am a part of the Instruction & Research team. That means that I work with my colleagues to provide research and instructional assistance to members of the W&M community through information literacy sessions, reference questions, and one-on-one research consultations. I also serve as a liaison for the Arts and Digital Humanities. As a liaison for the Arts, I work with the departments of Art and Art History; Theatre, Speech, and Dance; and Music. As liaison for Digital Humanities in the library, I can help the W&M community with research support for digital humanities projects.

What interests you most about this job?
Something I love about librarianship is that every day looks a little bit different. In this role particularly, there will be some days when I must engage with large groups, some days when I collaborate with my colleagues, and some days where I work independently. I am passionate about both the arts and digital humanities. My whole family is very creative, and I grew up doing a wide gamut of arts including dance, drawing, choir, instruments, and theatre. I was introduced to digital humanities as an undergraduate student at Pepperdine University, and it has been a big part of my research and training as a librarian for the last few years. So, I am thrilled that this role includes my favorite parts of librarianship and allows me to engage with topics that I love.

What do you hope to accomplish in your first year?
In my first year, I really hope to engage with the William & Mary community as well as the larger Williamsburg community. Every campus is different, and I look forward to learning what makes W&M special to the students and people who work here. I also hope to create a digital humanities scholarly community and get people get excited about the possibilities of DH in their research. I look forward to becoming immersed in the vibrant arts community on this campus, both as a librarian and as a lover of the arts.

Tell us a little about your work background:
I have had various internships, assistantships, and part time jobs—in and out of the library—from undergraduate to graduate school. However, this position at William & Mary is my first full-time job, and I am excited to begin my career here.

What attracted you to W&M?
I was attracted to W&M by the university reputation, history of the area, and environment of both the campus and library. My job is a dream role for me, and that was a major part of the appeal during my application process. I also have a familial collection to W&M Libraries with the Blow Family Collection in Special Collections. This job had appeal for me in many areas and I have thoroughly enjoyed my first few weeks here.