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Find out who your subject librarians are and contact them today with requests for classroom instruction, research guides, and book requests for your classes.

Ashley Crane, Research & Instruction

In addition to providing general research assistance and instruction, she will be working directly with the College of Education to explore what materials and services will best benefit their students and faculty.  Ashley received her Master of Library & Information Science from the University of Washington in June 2016 and a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies from Tarleton State University in December 2008.  She is a Texas Certified Educator for Grades 4-8 in multiple subjects including English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL). Ashley has ten years of experience working and volunteering in school, public, and academic libraries, most recently at Baylor University in Waco, TX.  In her free time, Ashley enjoys playing with her two kitties, exploring the outdoors via hiking or kayaking, and framing the world through the lens of a camera.  Ashley is happy to answer any questions and can generally be found at the Reference Desk (NGL 2nd floor), in her office (NGL 134), or online via Skype.  

Soo-yeon Hwang, Web Services Librarian

Hi, my name is Soo-yeon Hwang and I am the new Web Services Librarian. I grew up in South Korea, and moved to the US after college. I have worked in the software development industry and got my doctoral degree in library and information science. My dissertation topic is information appetite, measured in terms of how much time people spend with information. At the Newton Gresham Library, I will be working on various front-end services on the web. I look forward to exciting projects ahead.

Dianna Kim, Research & Instruction

Hello, I am Dianna Kim the new Criminal Justice Librarian.  I am originally from Springfield, Illinois and moved to Texas in 2008.  I earned my law degree in St. Paul, Minnesota and worked as a prosecutor for several years before obtaining my library science degree.  I have a particular interest in the nature and causes of crime and crime control, as well as the organizations that deter, apprehend, prosecute, and punish criminal offenders.  I am also a pop culture trivia buff who can spend hours talking about movies, television shows and The Beatles.  Feel free to stop by the NGL reference desk anytime and say hi!

Trent Shotwell, Special Collections

I am the new Special Collections Librarian in the Thomason Room of the Newton Gresham Library.  I am from Huntsville, Texas and I received my Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from SHSU.  I worked for nearly ten years at the Texas Prison Museum as Assistant Director and have always been a student of local history.  I started my career with SHSU in 2012 and quickly began working on my Master’s degree in Library Science at the University of North Texas.  My mother was an elementary school teacher and I was always interested in teaching and academics.  I graduated from the University of North Texas in May of 2015 and by the end of the Summer, I accepted the position as Head of SHSU Special Collections and University Archives.  I am a proud Bearkat and as the Special Collection’s Librarian here, I hope to show SHSU all of the wonderful historic artifacts and collections we have.  


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