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Additional subject specialist and contact information can be found at the Subject Specialist main page.

Make sure to visit the main COVID-19 page for updates related to services provided by the library during the coming months.

Tony Sams

Video Studio Specialist Creativity and Innovation Services, tony.sams@utah.edu

Fun fact:

When I am not supporting students, staff, and faculty in the Marriott Library, I am a PSIA ski instructor at Deer Valley and a NICA mountain bike coach for Park City HS.

Favorite book of the moment:

The Adventurer’s Son By Roman Dial

Dale Larsen

Graduate & Undergraduate Services Librarian, LEAP, Social Work, Sociology, Communication, dale.larsen@utah.edu

Fun Fact:

Dale has had a fear of dogs for most of his life and in the past few years has actively researched why and practiced Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to overcome the phobia.  Dale has discovered there are many delightful dogs in the world, and their people are rather nice, too.  Learn More HERE

Favorite book: Dinerstein, J. (2017). The origins of cool in postwar America

Tallie Casucci

Assistant Librarian Liaison to College of Health, Biomedical Engineering, and Entertainment Arts & Engineering (EAE). Specializes in biomedical & health research, systematic & scoping reviews, evidence-based practice, medical innovation, and patent searching, tallie.casucci@utah.edu

Fun Fact:

Tallie spends most of her free time rock climbing. Tallie’s annual goal is 100 days of climbing outside. Tallie brings her climbing interests to work through collection development and a few climbing-related research projects, including this 1U4U project!

Additional subject specialist and contact information can be found at: https://lib.utah.edu/collections/subject-specialists.php

Make sure to visit https://lib.utah.edu/help/online.php for updates related to services provided by the library during the coming months.

Mary Ann James

Electronic Resources Manager, maryann.james@utah.edu

Fluent in databases across all subjects and ready to assist with advanced search and navigation. Also contact Mary Ann with questions about streaming video and database access.

Fun Fact:

My Great Great Great Grandfather is Orson Spencer, the first president of the University of Deseret, what was to become the University of Utah.

Anne Morrow

Head of Digital Scholarship Services, anne.morrow@utah.edu

Fun Fact:

I am an avid gardener. When I moved into my house over twenty years ago there wasn’t any landscaping, just grass. Over the years I’ve added many trees, conifers, and perennials. A few years ago I decided to put a pond in my backyard. Today the pond is the permanent home to a handful of goldfish. The pond gets a variety of wildlife visiting year-round.

Another love of mine is travel. This photo was taken in Cusco, Peru. Sitting at an elevation of over 11,000 feet above sea level, travelers to Machu Picchu will frequently pass through Cusco on their way to MP.  Recently I’ve been spending holidays visiting Southeast Asia. I’ve especially enjoyed visiting Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia.

Lis Pankl

Head of Graduate and Undergraduate Services, Geography, English, Latin American Studies, lis.pankl@utah.edu

Fun Fact:

Lis has lived and worked all over the United States!

Favorite Book:

Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf

Marie Paiva

Graduate & Undergraduate Services Librarian, Psychology, Economics, Anthropology, Asian Studies, marie.paiva@utah.edu

Fun Fact:

In my pre-librarian days, I worked as a research assistant on a bat study, studying sonar of little brown bats and Jamaican bats in the Midwest. I began by getting rabies shots and ended up with a bat collector’s permit. Duties were varied from bat feeding and care to bat flying experiments. Here’s a film recommendation from Films on Demand database, highlighting bats and other nice animals in nature.

Insect Hunters: David Attenborough’s Life of Mammals” Video (49:38)

Marie’s interests include libraries, travel photography, travel, and of course, reading and independent films.

Darby Fanning

Graduate & Undergraduate Services Librarian, Linguistics, Russian & Slavic Languages, EAS Program, darby.fanning@utah.edu

Fun Fact:

Darby has an insatiable wanderlust! This probably began due to the fact that she attended 13 schools in four different states by the time she graduated from high school in Florida, which is where she is from. Go Gators! She has lived on four continents and speaks several languages. Darby has been fortunate in being able to support first-year students and international students in their research, critical thinking, and overall acculturation to a new culture and academic culture. Education and deep, intellectual exploration are what she values most.

Favorite book: Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov (written in the USSR between 1928 and 1940)
This novel is considered one of the most biting commentaries through satire of the regime that morphed over time from the Bolshevik Revolution through the reign of Stalin. Literature is a social document and we see history repeat itself time and time again, so if you decide to read this book, indulge in some pre-reading before you begin to understand the context of everything within it. As you do that and read the book, you will see how applicable this novel is to understand current political events and philosophical tenets we see in life today.

Check out this YouTube video about the book and check the book out!

Allyson Mower

Head of Scholarly Communication & Copyright, allyson.mower@utah.edu

Fun Fact:

I’m always waiting for the next grand epic: a novel by Geraldine Brooks, a film like Lawrence of Arabia, or hiking to the top of Snowbird.

Robert Behra

Juvenile (K-12/YA) Literature, microforms, library catalog, and general reference foreign language robert.behra@utah.edu

Fun Fact:

Although I’ve worked in libraries for 38 years (19 at the Marriott), I’ve been doing genealogical research for 50 years!

Adriana Parker

Beacon Scholars, School of Cultural and Social Transformation (Gender Studies and Ethnic Studies) adriana.parker@utah.edu

Fun Fact:

Adriana used to play classical violin (for about twenty years), and, at one point, she was in a mariachi.

Shane Wallace

Block U, Honors, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Government Documents shane.wallace@utah.edu

Fun fact:

Shane’s always wanted to follow in the over-sized footprints of his grandfather — who was an early bigfoot hoaxer — so you might know whom to blame if you ever chance across the fabled Wasatchquatch while hiking along the Bonneville Shoreline Trail…

Favorite book of the moment:

Just finishing Paul Tremblay’s A Head Full of Ghosts. Is it great? Maybe not. Am I having fun reading it? Definitely!

Rebekah Cummings

Digital Matters Librarian, Digital Humanities, Data Management, Pre-Law LEAP, Philosophy Liaison, rebekah.cummings@utah.edu

Fun fact:

Prior to returning to “real” life and becoming a librarian, I was a certifiable snowboard bum living in Mammoth Lakes, CA. For almost a decade, I worked in ski and snowboard sales for Dakine, 32 snowboard boots, Signal snowboards, and Etnies shoes before getting my master’s degree in library and information science and finding my true love of helping people find information.

Luke Leither

Assistant Head, Fine Arts and Architecture Library, luke.leither@utah.edu

Fun fact:

When I graduated from college I moved to Utah and worked as a wilderness guide for two years. I spent hundreds of days sleeping outside and was sure I would never have a career that required me to work indoors. Things changed!

Favorite book: Shogun by James Clavell. This would be a great one to read during quarantine. It is quite long and does a wonderful job of immersing the reader into the fascinating culture of 12th century Japan.

Alfred Mowdood

Head of Faculty Services, alfred.mowdood@utah.edu

Fun fact:

I grew up in Northeast Ohio and I remember when the Edmund Fitzgerald went down and the Cuyahoga Valley National Recreation Area was created. During college, I worked at Blossom Music Center and saw great music such as Miles Davis, Roger Waters, the Pretenders, and the amazing violins of the Cleveland Orchestra. I love the outdoors and tennis. 

I came to Utah during the Andre Miller years and have been a library liaison with the Health Sciences LEAP program for decades. I have worked closely with the College of Health and have created research guides or guest lectured in classes for undergraduate and graduate students.  I have worked with special outreach programs including groups of eighth graders who came to the U for a summer program and subsequently graduated with undergraduate and professional degrees. I am avid fan of Utah Athletics and have followed Utah Tennis for many years.  Since 2017, I have served as Utah’s representative to the Patent and Trademark Resource Center. I have been blessed to provide library support, teach and learn from many students, staff, faculty, and alumni.  

Liz Rogers

Assistant Head, Curator of Manuscripts, Special Collections, liz.rogers@utah.edu

Fun Fact:

Liz was in a French film about Everett Ruess as one of the commentators.

La disparition d’Everett Ruess DVD | Emmanuel Tellier

A stunning documentary film on the life and disappearance of canyon country legend Everett Ruess, who vanished in Southern Utah in 1934 at the age of 20. Emmanuel Tellier is a well-known cultural journalist in France, as well as a musician with a long career. He fell in love with Southern Utah when he first visited in 2013 with his family and decided to self-produce this.

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  • Dr. R. Wayne Pace
    Posted at 21:44h, 22 April Reply

    I deposit materials to the R. Wayne Pace Papers on a regular basis. I have some materials that I would like to have you examine for possible deposit. How could I arrange for an appointment to bring seven boxes of materials for you to examine. I live in St. George and the materials are currently stored in Coalville. Sometime in May, I would like to bring the materials to the library for review.

    • Marriott Library
      Posted at 22:31h, 22 April Reply

      Hello Dr. Pace!

      We will forward your message to the correct person and they will contact you to coordinate further. Thank you so much!

      – Jordan H.

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