about me

I am a Reference and Instruction Librarian at Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame (IN). I’m the liaison for Sociology, Social Work, Political Science, and Gender and Women’s Studies. I’m a member of an ad hoc committee created by faculty – the Race Social Action Group, which works to improve our campus climate. I’m also a member of the Faculty of Color group, which reaches out to students and faculty of color on campus.

Previously, I was an Assistant Professor / Humanities Reference Librarian / Interim Social Science Reference Librarian at Mississippi State University’s Mitchell Memorial Library. Initially, I was the Social Science Reference Librarian at MSU. I learned – and continue to learn! – the many applications of disciplines within the Social Sciences. It’s interdisciplinary nature and constantly evolving scholarship still keeps me on my toes. I worked with the Gender Studies program; served as a faculty member on the President’s Commission for the Status of Women (PCSW); and I was appointed to ACRL’s Women’s and Gender Studies Section Publications Committee.

I earned my B.A. in English from Augusta State University (now Georgia Regents University – Augusta), where I also minored in Women’s Studies. I was accepted to the University of South Carolina – Columbia for their graduate program in English; after my first semester, I discovered their brilliant School of Library and Information Science, and earned both my M.A. in English and my M.L.I.S. in 2010. I continued my studies and earned my Specialist degree with an emphasis in academic libraries in 2011.

At heart, I’m a William Faulkner scholar. I’m passionate about issues of race, class, gender, and religion. Staying current with Middle-Eastern politics and learning Arabic (however slowly) keep me tied to part of my heritage. As a librarian, I have the good fortune of being able to work with patrons in a diverse range of academic disciplines, and to continue my own research and writing in fields of interest outside of librarianship. Working with international students is another highlight of my job, and I enjoy making connections across campus through the English Language School at Saint Mary’s College.

You can visit my personal website, www.ulagaha.com

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