Welcome Shannon K. Tanhayi Ahari, Librarian/Curator for European Studies

Please join us in welcoming Shannon K. Tanhayi Ahari to the UCLA Library. As our Librarian/Curator for European Studies, she will be based in the A1540 suite, International and Area Studies Department, at the Charles E. Young Research Library once it is safe to return to campus. We asked Shannon a few questions about herself and her professional aspirations.Shannon Tanhayi Ahari portrait shot standing in front of bookcase

What goals/hopes do you have for this year as our new Librarian/Curator for European Studies?

In this first year, I really look forward to establishing a community for myself here at UCLA, both within the library and on a broader campus-wide level. I'm fairly new to Los Angeles, so I would like to learn more about the city and region as well. In other words, my goal for this first year is to carve out a home here.

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

I have a PhD and MA in Folklore and Ethnomusicology, and an MLS from Indiana University Bloomington. My professional experiences include working as an Archival Processor, an Instructor of Folklore Studies, an Academic Advisor, and a Grants Consultant (all at Indiana University). Additionally, I taught English in Vietnam and in the Czech Republic for a couple of years. I have also served as Editorial Assistant to the Journal of Folklore Research Reviews and as Assistant to the American Folklore Society and Society for Ethnomusicology. In these various roles, I have gained experience teaching, offering research support to faculty and students, and conducting my own research and outreach projects.

What projects will you be tackling first?

I plan to establish connections with colleagues, faculty, staff, and students. My main focus is on learning as much as I can about the collections I will manage and about the needs of the faculty and students I will serve.

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

I'm reading a few different things: The Night Circus, a fantasy by Erin Morgenstern; The Mysteries of Udolpho, a Gothic novel by Ann Radcliffe; and an anthropological study called The Iranian Metaphysicals: Explorations in Science, Islam, and the Uncanny by Alireza Doostdar.

I've been watching Ramy and re-watching one of my all-time favorite shows—Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

These days my husband and I have been listening to a lot of blues music—for example, Son House, Bessie Smith, and Big Joe Williams. Other recent favorites include Brian Eno's Music for Airports and the soundtrack to A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night.

Outside of work, I enjoy collecting vintage vinyl records, playing piano and bagpipes, traveling, running, doing yoga, and spending time in nature.

We are delighted to have Shannon at the UCLA Library. You can contact her at skahari@library.ucla.edu.