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Edward Miner

My Personal Librarian:

Edward Miner

Main Library

319-335-5883

edward-miner@uiowa.edu

Edward is an African Studies specialist with a deep interest in the continent’s languages, cultures, and historical archives. His particular expertise is in Kiswahili-speaking East Africa, and he considers Uganda to be his second country. At the Main Library, he manages collections and provides research assistance in African, Middle Eastern, and South Asian Studies, Linguistics, and International Development.

In 2000, Edward earned his PhD in African Linguistics from the University of Illinois, and in the following year was Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in African Studies with the Indiana University Libraries. He has travelled to Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, South Africa, Ghana, India and Israel buying books and videos for the UI Libraries, and in 2006-2009 served as director of the UI African Studies Program. Edward enjoys working with student groups in organizing panels and film screenings on African and other international topics, and teaching individual students how to use library resources for research and study abroad projects. In his personal life, Edward is the devoted father of an autistic son and an advocate for disability rights.

 

Lisa Gardinier

My Personal Librarian:

Lisa Gardinier

Main Library

319-335-5427

lisa-gardinier@uiowa.edu

Lisa is an upstate New Yorker and a total snob about pizza, coffee, and winter weather. In college, she majored in international relations and Spanish. She knew something was “off” when she realized her favorite part of term papers was finding books and articles and compiling the bibliography – no joke. In a desire to share her love of databases and Chicago (the citation style, not the city) with the world, she became a librarian. Her work as a librarian has taken her to Chile, the US-Mexico border, and now… Iowa. In her free time, Lisa enjoys trivia games in which her strengths are questions on punk and grunge music and world history but she’s always stumped when it comes to TV and movies. She shares two beastly housecats and a love for college basketball and South American fútbol with her partner, Patrick.

Edward and Lisa are also the personal librarians for the Global  Mosaic Living Learning Community