OhioLINK recently welcomed Ashton Vagnone to the team as their technology implementation specialist. Ashton is finishing a masters degree in Library Information Science from San Jose State University.
We recently spoke with Ashton about his background, his favorite books and something that might surprise you!
Where did you grow up?
I was born in Sidney, Ohio and lived there for about 13 years before moving to Piqua, Ohio for a couple years. I have family in the Columbus area and spent some time living in Grove City and Hilliard as well while in my teens.
In what subjects did you receive your degree(s)?
I earned my B.A degree in History and completed a minor program of study in Anthropology from the University of California, Davis. I am currently finalizing my culminating project for my Masters in Library and Information Science from San Jose State University.
What are your duties here at OhioLINK?
I provide assistance to our member libraries through user authentication and content management systems updates, website design improvements and by providing technical support on OhioLINK resources.
What drew you to OhioLINK?
Libraries are constantly evolving, adapting to better provide information to the communities they serve. I feel the collaborative work we do here at OhioLINK is part of the future of library service for the academic community here in Ohio. I’m excited to be a part of that mission.
What is your all-time favorite book?
I don’t think I can choose just one… That being said, Tolkien’s Hobbit comes to mind, as does Michel Foucault’s History of Sexuality, Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations, and The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff all are top picks for me.
What do you like to do in your free time?
I like tabletop games, computer games, and building/painting tabletop miniatures. I also enjoy weightlifting and hiking. Additionally, music has been a big part of my life and I like to DJ and mix set lists for friends.
What is something that people might be surprised to learn about you?
That I am a published author. While taking graduate courses at Sacramento State University, I had the opportunity to write for the Archival Research in Sacramento (ARIS) project for the Society of American Archivists (SAA) group on campus and authored an online article on archival resources available at Sacramento Public Library.