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Frank Lepkowski

Humanities Librarian and Associate Professor


Office: KL 243
Phone: 248-370-2497 
Fax: 248-370-2474 
Email:lepkowsk@oakland.edu

Services Provided:

I engage in general research services, as well as information literacy instruction both in the classroom (physical and virtual) and individually with library users. Additionally, I serve as liaison librarian for collection development and faculty/student research services to English, Cinema Studies, Biological Sciences and Chemistry. I am available for office hours by appointment; the best way to arrange for these is contacting me by email.

Research Interests:

How changes in information technology, in information seeking behaviors and in library practice and pedagogy affect the manner in which students and faculty deal with information overload; functional epistemology of researchers in different disciplines, including perceptions of information overload; literature and literary criticism.

Education:

  • Bachelor of Arts in English, Cornell University 1978.
  • Master of Arts in Library Science, University of Michigan, 1982
  • Master of Arts in English, Oakland University, 1992.

Honors & Awards:

  • Phi Beta Kappa, 1978
  • Beta Phi Mu, 1982
  • Fulbright Fellowship, Central American University, Nicaragua, 1987-1989.
  • Oakland University Faculty Recognition Award, 1999.

Publications:

Articles

  • "The Librarian, the Machine, or a Little of Both: A Comparative Study of Three Information Literacy Pedagogies at Oakland University" (with Elizabeth W. Kraemer and Shawn V. Lombardo). College & Research Libraries, v. 68, no. 4, July 2007, pp. 330-342.
  • "Information Literacy and the Returning Master's Student: A View from the Library Side" (with Anne T. Switzer), in: Society for Informaton Technology & Teacher Education (18th: 2007: San Antonio). International Conference Annual (Chesapeake, VA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education, 2007) pp. 1343-1348.
  • "Implementing Library Instruction for Freshman Composition on WebCT: the Oakland University Experience," in: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare & Higher Education (6th: 2002: Montreal). Proceedings of E-Learn 2002 (Norfolk, Va.: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education, 2002) pp. 1796-1798.
  • "Politics as unusual: academic library Web site development in its institutional context," in: Conference on Integrated Online Library Systems (15th :2000 :New York, N.Y.). IOLS 2000: integrated online library systems (Medford, NJ: Information Today, 2000) pp. 93-101.
  • "`How are we to find holiness'?: The Religious Vision of A. R. Ammons," Twentieth Century Literature, v. 40, no. 4, Winter 1994, pp. 477-498.
  • "Attitudes of Academic Librarians Towards CD-ROM Indexes and Print Cancellation" (with Kristine Salomon Condic), RQ, v. 34, no. 1, Fall 1994, pp. 48-58.
  • "John Ashbery's Revision of the Post-Romantic Quest: Meaning, Evasion, and Allusion in Grand Galop," Twentieth Century Literature, v. 39, no. 3, Fall 1993, pp. 251-265.
  • "The Closed-Stack Model and the Culture of Librarianship in Nicaraguan Academic Libraries," Third World Libraries, v. 3, no. 1, Fall 1992, pp. 62-67.
  • "The Discreet Charm of the OED: The Oxford English Dictionary, Second Edition, on CD-ROM," CD-ROM World, v. 8, no. 1, Jan. 1993, pp. 84-90.
  • "SilverPlatter's MLA International Bibliography on CD-ROM: Recent Literary Studies for End-User Searching," CD-ROM Librarian, v. 7, no. 10, Nov. 1992, pp. 35-40.
  • "SportDiscus CD-ROM: Access to Sports Information," CD-ROM Librarian, v. 6, no. 8, Sept. 1991, pp. 41-44.
  • "MathSci Disc: A CD-ROM Mathematics Index," CD-ROM Librarian, v. 5, no. 8, Sept. 1990, pp. 28-30.
  • ["Three Biographies of Wallace Stevens"], Biography: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly, v. 11, no. 4, Fall 1988, pp. 326-29.
  • "Saving Poetry," Library Journal, Dec. 15, 1983, pp. 2304-06.

    Poems

  • "Lake Erie Serenade," Sycamore Review, v. 4, no. 2, Summer 1992, p. 18-19. Reprinted in: Black River Review, 1992, p. 22.
  • "Thinking Seriously About Life," Sycamore Review, v. 4, no. 2, Summer 1992, p. 20.
  • "Springtime in the Unconscious," Kansas Quarterly, v. 21, no. 1-2, Winter/Spring 1989, p. 242.
  • "Hard Labor," Kansas Quarterly, v. 21, no. 1-2, Winter/Spring 1989, p. 247.
  • "Going Places," Kansas Quarterly, v. 17, no. 1-2, Winter/Spring 1985, p. 288.
  • "Mid-February Love Song," Kansas Quarterly, v. 17, no. 1-2, Winter/Spring 1985, p. 287.
  • "Nocturne for Anvil and Hammer," Negative Capability, Summer 1983, pp. 36-37.
  • "Two Poems Based on Fact," Texas Review, Summer 1980, p. 99 (reprinted in: 1981 Anthology of Magazine Verse and Yearbook of American Poetry).

Interview

    Hoffert, Barbara, "A Reviewer Abroad: Teaching Library Science in Nicaragua," Library Journal, Aug. 1990, p. 114.

Book Reviews for Library Journal

I enjoyed the opportunity to review books of poetry and criticism for several years. Those which have left a particularly good impression in retrospect I have indicated with "**".

  • Swander, Mary. Heaven and Earth House. May 15, 1994, p. 77.
  • Alegria, Claribel. Fugues. Dec. 1993, p. 104.
  • **MacDiarmid, Hugh. Selected Poetry. Nov. 15, 1993, p. 82.
  • Very, Jones. The Complete Poems. Aug. 1993, p. 109.
  • Poems for a Small Planet. June 1, 1993, p.128.
  • Doty, Mark. My Alexandria. Apr. 15, 1993, p. 94.
  • **Williams, William Carlos. Paterson. Dec. 1992, p. 146.
  • After Aztlan: Latino Poets of the Nineties. Oct. 1, 1992, p. 91.
  • Ashbery, John. Hotel Lautreamont. Sept. 1, 1992, p. 179.
  • Blumenthal, Michael. The Wages of Goodness. Apr. 15, 1992, p. 96.
  • Lea, Sydney. The Blaineville Testament. Dec. 1991, p. 150.
  • Conarroe, Joel, ed. Six American Poets. Nov. 15, 1992, p. 86.
  • Kinzie, Mary. Autumn Eros. Sept. 15, 1991, p. 82.
  • Padilla, Heberto. A Fountain, a House of Stone. Sept. 1, 1991, p. 195.
  • Baker, David. Sweet Home, Saturday Night. July 1991, p. 100.
  • The Forgotten Language. June 15, 1991, p. 81.
  • McGrath, Thomas. Death Song. Feb. 15, 1991, p. 197.
  • Boland, Eavan. Outside History. Nov. 15, 1990, p. 74.
  • **Heaney, Seamus. Selected Poems, 1966-1987. Nov. 1, 1990, p. 93.
  • The Best American Poetry 1990. Sept. 15, 1990, p. 80.
  • **Simon, Maurya. Speaking in Tongues. Aug. 1990, p. 113.
  • **Bogin, Nina. In the North. May 15, 1990, p. 79.
  • Harrison, Tony. V. and Other Poems. Jan. 1990, p. 114.
  • Cole, Henri. The Zoo Wheel of Knowledge. Dec. 1989, p. 127.
  • Harrison, Tony. Selected Poems. July 1987, p. 81.
  • Conran, Tony. Welsh Verse. June 1987, p. 115.
  • **Voigt, Ellen Bryant. The Lotus Flowers. May 1, 1987, p. 72.
  • Clampitt, Amy. Archaic Figure. Mar. 15, 1987, p. 80.
  • Yenser, Stephen. The Consuming Myth: The Works of James Merrill. Feb. 15, 1987, p. 149.
  • **Jimenez, Juan Ramon. God Desired and Desiring. Dec. 15, 1986, p. 115.
  • Silkin, Jon. The Ship's Pasture. Nov. 1, 1986.
  • Richardson, Joan. Wallace Stevens: The Early Years, 1879-1923. Sept. 15, 1986, p. 82.
  • Myers, Jack. As Long As You Are Happy. June 15, 1986, p. 70.
  • Rosenberg, Liz. The Fire Music. May 1, 1986, p. 122.
  • Dubie, Norman. The Springhouse. Apr. 1, 1986, p. 153.
  • **Cassity, Turner. Hurricane Lamp. Feb. 15, 1986, p. 183 (Reprinted in: Contemporary Literary Criticism, v. 42, p. 99).
  • **Knoepfle, John. Poems from the Sangamon. Dec. 1985, p. 114.
  • Mackey, Nathaniel. Eroding Witness. Dec. 1985, p. 114.
  • Smith, Dave. The Roundhouse Voices: Selected and New Poems. Nov. 1, 1985, p. 100.
  • Williams, William Carlos. Something to Say: William Carlos Williams on Younger Poets. Oct. 1, 1985, p. 102.
  • **Bates, Milton J. Wallace Stevens: A Mythology of Self. Aug. 1985, pp. 96-97.

 

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