Last summer I conducted a
series of in
with all the student workers around th

. These interviews helped inform the community about all the different areas of the library and all the services we have! Now, we’re doing the same with all our hard-working librarians. Lugene Rosen, our Coordinator of
Brandman University Library
Services, was kind enough to answer some questions for us.

What is your name and title?

Lugene Rosen, Coordinator of Brandman University Library Services

How long have you been at Chapman University?

This is a tough question. I first came to Chapman as a student in 1995; then, after graduating, I taught as an adjunct in the English department from 1997 to 2006. After receiving my MLIS, I came back to Chapman in 2012 as a part-time reference librarian before becoming the Coordinator of Brandman University Library Services in 2014.

What is your job in a nutshell?

In a nutshell, I handle all things Brandman. I answer reference questions, provide instruction, work with instructors and administrators, design course guides—whatever is needed to bridge the gap between Brandman students, staff, and faculty and the library, I am the go-to person.

Have you held any jobs at other universities or libraries?

As an English instructor, I have taught at several other schools: Orange Coast College, University of Phoenix, and Coastline Community College.

What are your passions/interests outside of work?

It should come as no surprise that outside of work, I am an avid reader. Fiction or non-fiction. Memoir or biography. Literature, science, philosophy, physics, history, psychology—I am up for anything.

Where did you get your degree?

I received a BA in English, an MA in literature, and an MFA in creative writing from Chapman. I received my MLIS from San Jose State University.

Where is your hometown?

I was born and raised right here in Orange County. My parents still live in Westminster in the house where I spent most of my youth.

What is the last book you read, or the last book you loved?

I just finished
The Bazaar of Bad Dreams
by Stephen King. It’s a collection of short stories that run the gamut from marital dysfunction to visions of death personified. As always, King’s flair for dialog makes every story ring true. If we’re going to talk about best-loved books, I would have to put
World War Z
up near the top of the list. Max Brooks’ command of individual voices is a modern-day paean to Virginia Woolf’s
The Waves
, where the stories are told through the soliloquies of multiple narrators.

Any fun facts about yourself?

I am a zombie enthusiast and an avid follower of the television show
. I am also a lover of all things pop culture. Every year, I write a paper and present at the Southwest Popular Culture Conference, a gathering of academic scholars with but one purpose—getting their geek on—in Albuquerque, NM. One of my papers, “A Culture of Necrophilia: The Rise of the Undead in Film,” appears in the
Chapman University Digital Commons
. Another, “Who’s Your Daddy?: Father Trumps Fate in
,” was developed into a chapter in the book
Supernatural, Humanity, and the Soul; On the Highway to Hell and Back.