Introducing Michelle Brasseur, Librarian for Urban Planning

We recently welcomed Michelle Brasseur to the UCLA Library as the librarian for urban planning, based in the Charles E. Young Research Library. In order to introduce you to our newest team member, we asked Michelle a few questions about coming to UCLA.

What goals/hopes do you have for this year as our new Librarian for Urban Planning?
I’m looking forward to working with students and faculty in Urban Planning and learning about the field’s key issues, as well as the resources used for their research. I’m new to the Los Angeles area and I hope to learn more about my new home. I love variety and I have a feeling Urban Planning is going to keep me on my toes.

How has your prior experience prepared you for this role at the UCLA Library?
My undergraduate degree is in Interdisciplinary Studies. I’ve always wanted to know a little bit about everything and am interested in how disciplines can be combined to solve complex problems. My work at Wright State University gave me the opportunity to provide research and collection development services for a variety of disciplines, including Communication, Women Gender and Sexuality Studies, Earth and Environmental Sciences, among others. I will be relying on my Masters in Business Administration as well for background in working with Urban Planning.

What things will you be tackling first?
There are a lot of new names and faces to learn. I’m looking forward to meeting people in the Library and throughout campus, and looking for opportunities to collaborate. I plan to learn as much as possible about the campus and its resources in order to help faculty and students succeed in doing quality research.

What are you currently reading/watching/listening to, and what do you like to do outside of work?
Not all librarians are bookworms, but I may be the exception that proves the rule. I recently finished The Bazaar of Bad Dreams by Stephen King and am now reading The Best American Short Stories collections from years past. My husband and I are working our way through the Chernobyl miniseries on HBO, which has been both horrifying and fascinating. I listen to a lot of podcasts, including just about anything from NPR, and some about true crime. In my free time, I like riding my bike and going for hikes with my dog Ralph. I am originally from Newark, Ohio, by way of Dayton, and am ecstatic to have escaped its winters.

We are delighted to have Michelle working in the UCLA Library. You can contact her at mbrasseur@library.ucla.edu.