Librarian Spotlight: Jenny Erdmann


HPU Libraries welcomes Jenny Erdmann as Head of Reference Services


As you dive into your first research papers for the fall semester, don’t forget to stop by the reference desk at Smith Library and get acquainted with our newest expert in reference and instruction, Jenny Erdmann. We asked Jenny a few questions to get to know her:


What is your role at HPU?

“I serve as the Head of Reference Services here at Smith Library. My responsibilities include teaching research skills for courses, providing research help to students, staff and faculty, serving as library liaison to the English department and departments in the social sciences, and coordinating the library’s reference and instruction efforts.”

Where did you go to college?

I studied Music and International Relations at Salem College, a women’s liberal arts college in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.”

What are your research interests?

My interests are all over the map, but generally include instrumental music, foodways, place studies, geopolitics, and government information.”

Where have you worked in the past and why did you decide to become a librarian?

I have worked primarily in college and university libraries, most recently as a Research Librarian at Virginia Wesleyan College in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

I wanted to be a librarian primarily because of the lifelong learning potential. There’s nothing I love more than getting students and faculty to talk with me about their research projects, and the research we do together teaches me something new every day. Did you know that gluten affects 1% of Americans, though 17% avoid it anyway? Neither did I until I went to work yesterday.”

What’s your favorite thing to read?

I love food writing, even annotated cookbooks!”

Words of wisdom to students?

“Don’t give up on reading for fun in college. It can be a challenge to get it in, but it is so good for your writing (and your stress!)”

Jenny can be reached by e-mail at or phone at (336) 841-9068.