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Librarian Profile: Jenise Overmier

Librarian Profile: Jenise Overmier

Instruction Librarian Jenise Overmier knew that she wanted to work in librarianship early on in her college career. Her deeply held belief that education should be accessible for all people prompted her journey down this path. As a student at the University of Montana, she pursued a course in Liberal Studies that allowed her a broad overview of the humanities, something that is often handy at the Research Assistance Desk. From there, she was drawn to the University of Texas in Austin because of their unique course offerings in conservation and archival studies. After completing her Master of Science in Information Studies, Jenise took some time to travel around the world, exploring national parks here in the U.S., as well as Iceland, Turkey, and France, before relocating to Washington, DC.

Where can you find her?

Jenise can be found all across campus, providing in-class research instruction for College Writing students, helping users at the Library's Research Assistance Desk, serving on a variety of teams and committees, and lending a helping hand in Archives and Special Collections.

Her background in preservation allows her to contribute to Special Collections projects, such as rehousing fragile materials and analyzing collections for preservation processes. "I love working with my hands I am so fortunate that Susan [McElrath, University Archivist] has welcomed me into the archives."

When she is off-campus, Jenise can often be found relaxing in one of the many beautiful parks around town, reading, enjoying the fresh air, people watching, and "trying to coax squirrels into being [her] pets."

Why she loves her job

The idealism and energy of college students is a major perk of working at AU for Jenise. In her role as Instruction Librarian, she works with a number of freshmen and several of the College Writing professors, with a primary aim of helping these students build a foundation of information literacy. When asked about her favorite part of the job, she responds "I am all about the students! AU students are committed to their studies and incredibly passionate about making the world a better place. I love introducing them to tools they'll be able to use throughout their lives, like different research methods and how to synthesize information to strengthen their academic projects."

In the Community

Always eager to be more involved in interdepartmental collaborations, Jenise is a part of the Faculty Senate Social Media Guidelines Committee, the Library Green Team, the External Diversity &Inclusion Committee, and multiple marketing teams. By establishing connections with other departments and units at the university, Jenise continues to learn more about the institution and gains new insight into making the Library even better.

"Libraries are community centers. We've got something for everyone, whether you need help with a research project, a safe space to study, or something in between. I've always felt at home in them and I want to ensure that our students and community members feel that way too."

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Librarian Profile: Nobue Matsuoka

Nobue Matsuoka

Music Librarian Nobue Matsuoka takes her role at American University seriously. A scholar, author, and accomplished percussionist, she has lectured on Japanese culture and performing arts for students in AU’s Department of Performing Arts, as well as performing music on campus and throughout the region and presenting her research at conferences. While Nobue is our resident music expert, she can also be a terrific resource for students interested in studying the language or culture of Japan.

Where can you find her?

Nobue’s office door (Katzen 224) is “always open” when she is not working in the Music Library, located on the first floor of Katzen Art Center. She can also be found performing faculty demos at the Applied Music Performance Lab (AMPL), which is a requirement for all music majors. Nobue thoroughly enjoys these opportunities to practice as a performer and share her insights on public performance with students.

Why she loves her job

Being able to work with music every day is a source of joy for Nobue, as is the chance to regularly collaborate with both students and faculty. She sees her role as the Music Librarian as a chance to “curate a community” among music lovers at AU. Consequently, the Music Library is a place where students and faculty can exchange ideas about music, find deeper resources for their research, and expand their musical tastes. For Nobue “the most exciting part of working with students is sharing new ideas with them and seeing them make discoveries as a part of the academic experience.”

In the Community

Nobue has given public performances with some of her DPA colleagues, including Professorial Lecturer Benjamin Albright, a trumpet player in “The President’s Own” United States Marine Corps Band, and Instructor Todd Baldwin, a trombone player in the U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own.”

Some of the talented composers within DPA have collaborated with Nobue too. She has performed pieces by Fernando Benadon, Chair of the Department of Performing Arts Chair, and Paul Oehlers, Director, Audio Technology Program.

In February, Nobue played in the United States Army Band Chamber Music Series at Fort Meyer in Arlington, VA.

Whether you catch one of her performances, stop by the Music Library for some recommendations, or make an appointment for a research consultation, Nobue’s expertise and talent will shine through.