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Libraries Staff Spotlight

Will Dooling

William Dooling

Reference Desk Associate

Love Library

Two truths and a lie:

  1. I kept giant snails as pets
  2. I have a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
  3. I studied Alchemy in College
Profile:"I help the reference department answer questions and run library instruction classes. I'm at the reference desk almost every day, and provide backup assistance for our student workers at night. I also help the reference department by taking on special projects, such as improving our reference wiki or promoting library Reference and Instruction over twitter.”

Favorite aspect of position:
"I like helping students and faculty. The catalog can seem intimidating and complex, and the library can often feel like a maze, I enjoy making things simpler and easier to understand. I also enjoy teaching.”

Likes and interests:
"Anything weird or unusual. I am a former trivia writer (both long-form books and questions for trivia contests) so I like learning about unusual subjects, particularly in the sciences. My favorite subjects to study in my spare time are Astronomy, Economics, Ancient History, and Parapsychology (and if you don't know what that is, feel free to look it up and laugh at me).I am a passionate advocate for science literacy and wider (and lifelong) science education. I have a long-running interest in video gaming, particularly educational gaming, and I may be starting some educational gaming projects in the near future."

1: True: While working as a science teacher in Taiwan, I kept giant African land snails as classroom pets. They were about the size of a computer mouse. Sadly, they are illegal to import into America because they eat so much. I had to leave them there, and miss them every day.

2: Lie: I wish. I do love martial arts, but I'm not very good at them...yet. It takes a LONG time to get a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, but I hope to have one some day.

3: Actually true. My undergraduate degree was in history, and specifically I studied the history of chemistry and physics. I spent a lot of time studying very early chemistry, including people that tried to turn lead into gold. It doesn't work though.

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