Meet Professor Anne Hays, Evening and Weekend Instruction Librarian

Anne.HaysMeet Professor Anne Hays, Evening & Weekend Instruction Librarian.

Anne Hays is our newest full time librarian, and so it makes perfect sense that you may want to know a little more about her. Anne was born in Miami, Florida, but “grew up” in many cities: Fairfields, Connecticut; Palm Beach, Florida; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Swarthmore, Pennsylvania; Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania; Northampton, Massachusetts; London, UK; Boston, Massachusetts; and Seattle, Washington. However, she has now lived in Brooklyn, New York, for 11 years and has no plans to leave.

Anne also has many academic interests and hobbies. After studying English Literature and Studio Art at Smith College, Anne decided to go off the beaten path by accepting a job as a portrait photographer in Seattle. When tickling babies with a feather duster and corralling families into group poses proved taxing she decided to shift gears by moving to NYC to get a Master’s degree in Creative Writing at Sarah Lawrence. While there, she got a job as Assistant Literary Agent at the Melanie Jackson Agency, where she worked with prominent writers whose names she can’t reveal. Around that time she founded a literary journal, Storyscape Journal, whose mission statement is to collect stories in all forms and formats, but also to interrogate the concept of literary genres. The journal categorizes stories by Truth, Untruth, or We Don’t Know and They Won’t Tell Us. Anne has long been fascinated by the human desire to categorize everything we come into contact with, and how does it change our reading of any new item we encounter when the categories overlap, or change, or simply don’t work? When David Shields published Reality Hunger: a Manifesto (2011),  Anne felt like the writer had transcribed the contents of her brain in print.

And so while publishing was a fun career, librarianship is clearly the perfect job for someone obsessed with categories and organization models.  She received her MLIS degree at Queens College (CUNY) and started working in libraries: Queens College Library, Cooper Union Library, and Teachers College Library. While completing her Masters in Library Science, Anne deepened her other obsession, which is print culture and book history. She’s fascinated by print models and formats: digital or print publishing; blogs, and their influence over news media and journalism; the rise of print on demand and self-publishing; open access publishing models; and intentionally Lo-Fi handmade print publications like art books, chapbooks, and zines. It is this aspect of librarianship Anne finds most fascinating: why do students read E-Books and how do they interact with them? What would truly multi-media digital books look like, and how could they be used for education? What role could counter-cultural print publications have in the academic sphere? Anne has been a panelist and moderator on the topic of print media and zine culture at a few conferences: the 2013 CUNY Chapbook Festival, the 2014 Brooklyn Zine Fest, the2014 Teachers College Education Program series, and was a featured speaker in the Quinnipiac University’s Creative Writing Series.

While Anne enjoys public speaking at events, she also enjoys teaching classes, and has taught information literacy workshops at Queens College, Teachers College, and now here at College of Staten Island. She also formerly taught critical reading and writing classes at Parsons School of Design. Because she enjoys working directly with students on their research interests and academic pursuits, she is thrilled to be joining the faculty here at the CSI Library as an Evening and Weekend Instructional Librarian. If you are a student or professor here who wishes they knew more about finding the best resources, don’t worry, there’s a Science to it.

Contact Anne at Anne.Hays@csi.cuny.edu