Lynda Duke was the University's lead researcher on a grant-funded project to explore how students study, and co-authored a book on the findings.

Your hometown?

Ann Arbor, Michigan. It was a great place to grow up.

Alma Mater?

Michigan State University, B.A.; University of Michigan, M.U.P; and University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, M.S.

Why Wesleyan?

I love working at a liberal arts institution. It's great to come to work in the morning and never know what I'll end up learning about the world by the end of the day.

Your teaching?

Teaching students about the concepts of information literacy can be challenging – they may not immediately see the links to critical thinking. Hopefully, I can help to make those connections and transfer some of my passion for the process of research.

Wesleyan students?

I enjoy seeing how students develop and evolve over their four years at IWU. As a first-year advisor (one of my favorite activities), I'm thrilled to see students take some big steps – declaring (or changing!) a major, deciding to study abroad, starting a new club on campus. I still keep in touch with students that I met during my first years at Illinois Wesleyan.

Biggest thrill?

Having a daughter and watching her grow and explore – she has tremendous energy and joy and she fully engages with the world. She's a great role model for me.

For fun?

Before my daughter: travel, yoga, tennis, gardening, hiking, bike riding, reading, and spending time in Chicago on the weekends. Now, she sets the agenda: the children's museum, library, and park are frequent destinations. I still do lots of reading – just a different genre. Splat the Cat and Madeline are current favorites.

The best?

Exploring new ideas and places.

Favorite book?

I tend not to have favorite books - each good book provides such different insights and reading experiences. Three books I enjoyed reading recently: The Boy in the Striped Pajamas; The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks; and The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to our Brains.

Favorite quote?

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” Mary Oliver, The Summer Day
Along with her colleagues at The Ames Library, Lynda Duke helps students "go beyond Google" and access The Ames Library's many online scholarly resources.

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