Joshua Finnell has served as the humanities librarian at Denison since the fall of 2009. Finnell came to Denison from McNeese State University where he spent two years as an Assistant Professor of Library Science. His work has appeared in Library Philosophy and Practice, Journal for the Study of Radicalism, and New Library World.
I have been working in the archives field since 2009 at Luther College, Vesterheim Norwegian-America Museum, the Byrd Polar Research Center Archival Program at The Ohio State University, and the State Archives Local Government Records Program. I love talking about digital curation and preservation, copyright/fair use issues, primary sources, and public history projects utilizing archives. I also love visiting new restaurants, going to the zoo, talking about movies/tv shows, and spending time with my family.
Delta Mu Delta; Gamma Delta Chapter; MVNU
Alpha Chi; National College Honor Scholarship Society; Ohio Delta Chapter; MVNU
As Director of Libraries at Denison University, I provide strategic vision for the library and collaborate with faculty and administrators to transform scholarship and teaching. Previously, I was Director of the High Library at Elizabethtown College, near Hershey, PA. I have been a librarian at Wellesley College, Harvard College, Rutgers University, Fairleigh Dickinson University and Barnard College. Having also worked in publishing, I have extensive editorial experience. My curiosity compels me to look at challenges that cut across traditional organizational boundaries. I am always broadening my interests and vision, and am currently intrigued by the way we construct mental models as we learn and by the use of metaphor. I believe everyone should snorkel more, dust less, and eat as many chocolate chip cookies as they want to.