“The Library is My Lifeline”

Associate Professor of Classics and World Religions Neil Bernstein recently spoke with our Director of Development Doug Partusch about the role that the Libraries play in his research and work here at Ohio University. 

I study classical Roman literature, the prose and poetry written in the Latin language between approximately 100 BC and 300 AD. The texts written by Roman authors are my primary research materials. Classical philologists typically study these texts in relation to a vast commentary tradition that has grown up around them beginning with the scholars of antiquity. We also use specialized encyclopedias, dictionaries, and grammars that collect the previous findings of a modern scholarly tradition nearly 500 years old. As classical Latin literature is studied in many countries, it is essential for researchers to have access to international scholarly journals that communicate research results across the discipline. Each of these fundamental resources for humanistic research can only be accessed in an academic library. They are not freely available online and likely will never be, as they are expensive to produce and distribute. So the library is my lifeline: without it I could not collect the data for my studies nor analyze them in the context of contemporary scholarly work in my field.

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Professor Bernstein’s comments appear in the latest edition of E-Gatherings, our quarterly email newsletter for Friends of the Libraries and Libraries’ supporters.