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Please join us in welcoming Lane Goldszer to UCLA Library! Lane is our new Arts Library collections coordinator.

In order to introduce you to our newest Library staff member, we asked them a few questions about coming to UCLA:

What goals/hopes do you have for this year as our new Arts Library Collections Coordinator?

My goal for this year is to gain a holistic overview of the Arts Library’s collections and e-resources, especially the new digital resources like Digital Theater Plus and Bloomsbury International Encyclopedia of Surrealism. My hope is that I can deepen my knowledge of our resources and collections to support student and faculty research of all kinds. I'm also excited to learn from and get to know my colleagues!

How has your prior experience prepared you for this role at UCLA Library?

My background is in both fine art and library and information studies, so I understand the distinctive research needs of artists and scholars. I studied art at the Bauhaus and have worked with LGBTQIA+ communities and materials, specifically in archives. Additionally, I’ve worked on metadata projects with the New York Trans Oral History project and an oral history project with queer librarian elders. Most recently, I served as the reference and instruction librarian at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, where I taught research skills to art students, something I’m very excited to do here at the Arts Library.

What projects will you be tackling first?

My first job is learning about the Arts library and the larger UCLA Library system. I just took an amazing tour of the acquisitions department, and it was very helpful to see how all the pieces of the system fit together. To help address space and storage limitations, my first project is to review and appraise our collections’ needs. I’m looking forward to continuing work with our visual resources including helping to migrate a large collection of architectural images from one database to another.

What are you currently reading/watching/listening to? What do you like to do outside of work?

I like fiction, especially sci-fi, but I read a lot of nonfiction, too. I just finished the novel Lote, which I loved. It's about an archivist who is trying to reconstruct a fragmented history of Black modernism among the Bright Young Things. I just started R.F. Kuang’s Babel, a fantasy novel about alchemy and the follies of colonization and translation set in Victorian-era Oxford College. I’ve been watching the Chinese TV show Three Body, which is an adaptation of the book series Three-Body Problem. I recently watched the Swiss film Unrest, which is about Kropotkin visiting a small town watch factory that is a hotbed of revolutionary social movements. I’m a big nature person, and like to hike and look at plants with my five-month-old.

What is your preferred name and what are your pronouns?

My name is Lane Goldszer. I use they/them/their pronouns.