What Are You Working On, John Hickok?

2013 Hickok WAYWO

John, visiting an overseas library, as part of annual international visits he makes.

Ever wonder what the faculty and staff at the Pollak Library are working on? The “What are You Working On?” blog column (borrowed from the National Archives) aims to highlight some of the exciting projects we are working on.

This month, we introduce John Hickok, the Library’s Communications / TESOL / International Outreach Librarian.


What is your name and title?

John Hickok, Communications/TESOL/International Outreach Librarian.

What is your job in a nutshell?
As the Communications Librarian, I liaison with the College of Communications and provide library instruction sessions for Communications students. Likewise, for the TESOL program –as the TESOL Librarian, I teach TESOL students the library resources available to them. I am also the Library’s International Outreach Librarian. I assist CSUF’s many international students—through tours, classes, guides, and more—in getting acquainted with the library and its resources. To better understand international students’ home library conditions, I make annual visits overseas—primarily to Asia—to visit libraries. To date, I have visited over 300 libraries all over Asia.

What are you working on right now?
I am currently on sabbatical leave for the 2013-14 year, writing a book on outreach services to library users from various countries (to be published next year).

How long have you been at CSUF?
16 years.

What has changed since you started at CSUF?
The Library has been very responsive to changing technology. When I first started in 1997, journal articles from Interlibrary Loan came by paper, taking up to 2 weeks. Now they come within days or hours, by PDF.

Do you have a favorite accomplishment?
In my outreach to CSUF’s international students, I also work with CSUF’s many cultural clubs. For example, the Vietnamese Students Association and the Cambodian Students Association. For the past 5 years, I have worked with them on a children’s book donation project, where each year we collect books, and I take them to needy schools in Vietnam and Cambodia. Photos are here: http://users.library.fullerton.edu/jhickok/bookdonation4.htm.

What are your interests outside of work?
My interests reflect my Library subject specializations. As the Communications Librarian, I previously worked for CNN and a movie studio. So I like following updates in news and TV/film. As the TESOL Librarian, I have a degree in teaching English, so I volunteer with homestay and international friendship council programs.

What is the last book you read or enjoyed?
This should come as no surprise: the Lonely Planet travel books. Last January I traveled to India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka, to visit libraries, and found those travel books very helpful.

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