Welcome James

James Sponsel ImageWe are thrilled that a new librarian joined the Information Literacy team this week: James Sponsel.  Originally from Minnesota, James majored in philosophy at St. Olaf College and just received his MLIS from the Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science.  He spent this past spring at Carleton College as the Reference and Instruction Intern where he designed and delivered instruction sessions and developed online modules and tutorials. Last summer, he interned at the Mayo Clinic libraries and assisted in evaluating surveys to assess library value and impact. As an Information Literacy Librarian at Davidson, he will teach information literacy classes and provide in-person and virtual reference services.  He’s especially looking forward to teaching in the liberal arts environment, where he’s most at home.

In his free time, you can find James reading philosophy, particularly Kierkegaard, Camus, and Nietzsche, and watching films about time travel and/or those with non-conventional plots.  Looking for a recommendation?   His recent favorite was Upstream Color.  He also enjoys water skiing and cycling, so look for him on Lake Norman later this summer or as he rides into work.  (He’s managed to bike in every day this week…we’ll check back with him after a week or so of 90 degree weather!)

James’ office is located in the Center for Teaching and Learning.  If you stop by, ask him about his experience attending the Twins Day Festival in Twinsburg, Ohio, with his twin brother.  We are very excited to have James as our newest colleague, and we want congratulate him on his upcoming wedding in August and welcome him to Davidson!