David Dror will join Daley Library August 1 as a reference and liaison librarian and assistant professor. He will serve as a liaison for the College of Engineering; the physics department; and the math, statistics, and computer science department.
Dror will be part of the new research services and resources department (RSR), which will merge the reference and collections development departments. The new liaison model, implemented last year, is central to RSR. Jay Lambrecht, Associate University Librarian, said, “We are designating one library faculty member who can offer to the faculty of a particular college or department all of our professional services in support of research and teaching.”
Dror has extensive experience with physics and astronomy, including graduate coursework, published papers, and teaching and tutoring experience. He also has a minor in mathematics and has tutored math students. “This experience will allow me to connect with faculty and students, to better understand their needs,” he said. “It will also allow me to understand the topics…so that I can better understand and meet specific needs and specific requests.
He holds a master’s degree in information resources and library science from the University of Arizona, a bachelor’s degree in science education with a physics specialization and minors in mathematics and Japanese language from the University of Arizona, a bachelor’s degree in astronomy from Cornell University, and several teaching certificates.
“I look forward to working with the faculty and staff at UIC, both at the library and in the various departments,” Dror said. “I look forward to learning new skills and developing as a librarian.”
Outside of work, Dror enjoys hiking, playing Go (also known as weiqi), reading, and playing computer games.