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Erica Defrain

Erica Defrain Assistant Professor
Social Sciences Librarian
Love Library

Two truths and a lie:

  1. I am allergic to coffee.
  2. Over the past year, I lived in 3 different states.
  3. We’ve got six vehicles parked in our garage.
Profile:"I’m a social sciences librarian with the Research and Instructional Services department. So far my subject areas include educational psychology, sociology, and psychology.”

Favorite aspect of position:
"Having only been here just over a month, I can’t say too much on this, but it’s been a pleasure getting to know everyone. I have had the great fortune of working in many different libraries over the years (beginning with my first library job as a student worker at Love Library during my undergraduate years!) and I have always appreciated the culture of libraries. I’m curious about pretty much everything, and being a librarian allows me to explore and learn, while meeting some truly inspiring people along the way.”

Likes and interests:
"My research has largely been focused on virtual learning environments and student help-seeking behaviors. I am fascinated by (and subsequently realize how very little I know about) psychometrics, epistemology, and statistics. I’ve found that my personal interests are currently dictated by whatever it is my 2-year-old wants to do. Lately I’ve been enjoying swinging, looking for bugs under rocks, stomping in puddles, and making cookies "



1: Lie: That would be just awful. There are few things I enjoy more in life than drinking a hot cup of coffee (or three or four) in the morning. I was a barista at the Mill in the Haymarket for four years, which firmly cemented my love for coffee.

2: True: Last year was a whirlwind of boxes and moving. My family (husband Clay, 2-year-old son Cooper, and dog Maggie) started out in the Sonoran Desert of Tucson, Arizona, where we had lived for ten years. Then we crossed the country to Burlington, Vermont, where we discovered the beauty of real maple syrup and Lake Champlain. The allure of the Great Plains and our families pulled us back to our hometown of Lincoln, and we couldn’t be happier.

3. True: But only one of them is a car. We have five bicycles and ride more miles than we drive. Lincoln has become such a great place for bicyclists, and our daily commute along the Rock Island Trail is no exception.

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