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Peter Thayer

Name: Peter Thayer

Title: Reference & Access Services Librarian

Department: Library

Education: Master of Library Science, State University of New York at Albany, 1995; Bachelor of Science, Magna Cum Laude (Accounting), State University of New York Institute of Technology at Utica-Rome, 1992; Bachelor of Professional Studies, Cum Laude (Business / Public Management), SUNYIT, 1990

Research Interests: Information Literacy, Information Visualization, Social Media and Libraries, Alternative Models for Academic Reference Librarianship

Phone: (740) 376-4361

Email: thayerp@marietta.edu

What can a student expect when taking one of your classes?

I provide library research instruction primarily to classes in the social sciences such as communication, political science, and business and economics. Students should expect more than a lecture from me. They should expect that I will ask them questions challenging them to think critically about finding and using information.

What excites you about teaching at Marietta College?

Learning from students. They provide me with knowledge (and sometimes even wisdom) that gives me pause and think how I can be a better librarian and mentor to them.

When you aren’t teaching, what other activities do you enjoy?

Genealogy, performing with the Marietta College Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble, hanging out with my wife and our friends, traveling, and reading idea-provoking non-fiction.

Do you prefer flipping through the pages of a book or an e-book?

Depends. If I’m out, I bring my Kindle with me to keep me company. At home, I like to delve into a conventional print book.

What is your favorite location on campus and why?

The library. It’s not only where I work, it’s my intellectual sanctuary.

What is your favorite Marietta College event?

Matriculation. I always look forward to seeing and meeting our new students and colleagues for the first time.