Edward J. Rock (click for TigerPrints page) joined Clemson Libraries in 2006 and grew up in Charlotte. His interests include: languages, world philosophies and religions, communication and social media, library instruction methods, virtual reference, first-year experience, student engagement, and undergraduate curriculum. Ed holds degrees in Information Science from the University of North Texas, where he also held a graduate library assistantship in the Humanities and Social Sciences section of the Willis Library and was a Dallas Metroplex Library Association Scholarship recipient, and in French from the University of California-Santa Barbara. He is presently studying for a degree in Spanish Language and Culture from the Universidad de Salamanca. Ed has been a librarian first at the John Paul II Library of the Franciscan University of Steubenville and later at the Howard-Tilton Memorial Library of Tulane University.
At Clemson Ed is the liaison to the Departments of Languages, Philosophy and Religion, and Communication. In addition to research and instruction duties, he has served on numerous library and campus-wide committees, as well as a Senior Dixon Fellow for the Calhoun Honors College. Ed’s time as Faculty-in-Residence was recognized with the James E. Bostic Housing Partner of the Year Award. He was awarded with two other faculty a Chief Diversity Office matching grant for the OUTRoar LGBTQI speaker series. Service has also included as judge for the Clemson Poetry Declamation Contest in foreign languages and for the National Educational Debate Association Tournament, as well as volunteer for the MLK Day of Service. Among off-campus service, he has volunteered for events to support the School District of Oconee County and also its Public Library system.
Ed stays active professionally in the South Carolina Library Association, as well as in the American Library Association (ALA) and Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), working on committees or presenting at conferences. He recently served as SCLA President.
Spare time activities include lots of walking (you may have seen him around the City of Clemson where he resides), but also things like jogging, cooking, reading and writing. He encourages everyone to vote and likes to support social justice and equality
, but above all lifelong learning. Ed hopes your connection to Clemson University and its Libraries will be as beneficial and gratifying for you as it has been for him.
[Photo: Studio Harcourt]