Jonathan H. Harwell


I am an Associate Professor, and the Head of Collections & Systems, in Olin Library at Rollins College. I earned my MLIS from The University of Alabama in 1998, and my MA in Social Science from Georgia Southern University in 2012.  I have previously been on the library faculty at Berry College, the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and Georgia Southern University.

I manage a department that provides most of Olin Library's services that happen behind the scenes.  I also work with faculty to teach students how to do research.  My passion is making sure the library provides all the information that Rollins needs.  My team and I strive to get books and articles before people ask us for them; and to get some things from other libraries.  We make sure people can easily find what they need, so they can take a book along on a hike, or watch a video online from anywhere.  As any other librarian does, I do everything I can to connect people with information.  In my former life, I was a teacher in Albania for two years.  My passions include collection development, finding international cuisines, and researching the cultural history of Quakers in the South.

I publish in the intersection of theology and pop culture.  With Rev. Katrina Jenkins, Rollins' Dean of Religious Life, I co-edited the scholarly volume Theology and Prince (Lexington Books/Fortress Academic, 2020), the inaugural volume of the Theology and Pop Culture series.

I also research acquisition models for library e-resources, and I am a section editor for the Open Library of Humanities.  I have published in Convergence:  The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies, the Journal of Electronic Publishing, Against the Grain, and the Journal of Access Services.

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