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Pink Floyd archivist contacts the reference desk

Pink Floyd…a band that knows where to get a reference question answered. Pink Floyd…a band that knows where to get a
reference question answered.

When the historian and archivist for Pink Floyd has an important research question, where does he turn? Why, to Regent University Library, of course.

Thus, on May 28, Elliot Tayman e-mailed the Library Reference Desk from his office in New York and asked for help in locating an advertisement about founding member Roger Waters that appeared in a 1990 issue of Radio & Records. Although the aforesaid ad was not in the issue Mr. Tayman originally had in mind, Fran McGowan was able to find it after further research, for which, we assume, she will enjoy the lasting gratitude of Pink Floyd fans worldwide.


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Volunteer Spotlight — Fran McGowan

Editor’s Note: The Library has frequently been blessed with capable and enthusiastic volunteers working without pay in many areas, including Technical Services, Reference, and Special Collections & Archives. In this space we will feature our volunteers, who donate their time and energy in the service of the Library mission.

Fran McGowan

My name is Fran McGowan, and I have been happily volunteering at the Regent University Library since September 2010. As a volunteer, I have worked mostly on LibGuides, which the Library launched during the summer in 2011. I have also assisted with work in Special Collections & Archives and Technical Services. I am currently working on a LibGuide on research with mobile devices.

Since January 2011, I have also been working towards my Master’s degree in Library and Information Science through Drexel University. This quarter I am taking Digital Reference Services, which entails extensive hands-on work with the ipl2. My research interest is in the area of academic library trends, in particular, the development and use of information commons and the changing nature of digital reference services.

My favorite pastime is spending time with my husband and our daughter. In between family time, graduate school, and my work for the Library, I am currently reading Paul and Jesus, by James D. Tabor.