David Michalski

Social and Cultural Research Librarian
When did you start in your current position?:
Dec 01, 2001
Years in LAUC: 
LAUC Role:
Division chair

How did you become interested in librarianship?

As an undergraduate, and later as a graduate student, I saw the library as a crucial part of the university. It was that time, I also became interested in the sociology and anthropology of knowledge.

Describe the first time you worked in a library.

My first library job was shelving books and working the circulation desk at the State University of New York, Buffalo.

What is your current or recent role in LAUC, either locally or systemwide?: 

I am currently the LAUC-Davis division chair. (2020-2021)

What do you like best about being a UC librarian?

I enjoying meeting colleagues, faculty and students, and learning about their research projects.

Describe a recent or current project on which you are working.

I am looking for ways to enhance UC Library support for ethnic studies research. The UC libraries have deep collections and expertise in these areas. I am looking to make sure we can continue these efforts and keep pace with the work of UC students and faculty.

Describe your recent professional work outside of work, such as association work, writing, research, or anything else.

I am interested in critical theory, the sociology of taste, urban studies, and ethnography. I am also editor the journal Streetnotes, which is published on eScholarship.

What would you like the next big thing in libraries to be?

Libraries as Place. After our period of social-distancing, we will have the opportunity to re-imagine the library as a place for discovery, scholarship, conversation, and inspiration.

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