About Me

Chella Vaidyanathan 2My name is Chella Vaidyanathan. I am the European/ World History and Philosophy Subject Liaison Librarian at the Emory University Libraries.

Before joining Emory University, I was the Curator of 19th-21st Century Rare Books and Manuscripts in the Department of Special Collections and Archives at the Sheridan Libraries of Johns Hopkins University. I was also the Academic Liaison Librarian for the Departments of History and Anthropology, the Center for Africana Studies, the Program in Latin American Studies, and the Program in Islamic Studies.

As a blended librarian, I enjoyed my role as the Curator of post-1800 historical collections and the Liaison Librarian. It gave me a great opportunity to promote print and e-resources as well as rare materials from special collections. I love working with rare books and teaching sessions using materials from special collections.

I very much enjoy teaching course-specific bibliographic instruction sessions. Particularly, I love integrating digital primary source materials, multi-media, and Web 2.0 tools like blogs, wikis, Flickr, YouTube, etc. in my classes. The availability of several online social networking sites offers us a lot of opportunities to promote our libraries’ print and digital collections to our users. I am also interested in the application of GIS to the discipline of humanities and in digital humanities in general.

Educational Background: I completed my MLS from the University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP) in December 2006. From August 2005-December 2006, I worked as the GIS Graduate Assistant in the Department of U.S. Gov. Information, Maps, & GIS Services at McKeldin Library at UMCP. My academic background is in History. I completed all my graduate course work in the Ph.D. program in History at Northern Arizona University (NAU). While I was working as the Reilly Summer Intern in the Department of Special Collections and Archives at Cline Library at NAU, I decided to pursue academic librarianship as my career and applied for the MLS program. I have a Master of Arts in Modern European history from Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville (SIUE). I worked as a Graduate Assistant both for the Department of Historical Studies and for the Library Instruction Services at Lovejoy Library at SIUE. I have always enjoyed working in public services. It has been a rewarding experience for me. Before I came to the United States in 2000, I completed my Master of Arts in History from Meenakshi College in Chennai in India with a main focus on Indian/South Asian history. I have also completed graduate level coursework in American History, and in East & Southeast Asian History.