Man in bowtie using computer in library.Last summer I conducted a series of interviews  with all the student workers around the Leatherby Libraries. 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. Cotton Coslett, one of our new reference librarians, was kind enough to answer some questions for us.

1. What is your name and title?

Cotton Coslett, Adjunct Reference Librarian

2. In what department of the Leatherby Libraries do you work?

Public Services (at the reference desk)

3. How long have you been at Chapman University?

Three weeks!

4. What is your job in a nutshell?

I provide reference assistance. Mostly that means that I get to help people conduct research, which I truly enjoy. I also get to familiarize people with all of the amazing resources at the Leatherby Libraries, which are plentiful and top notch.

5. Have you held any jobs at other universities or libraries?

Indeed! I’ve worked at a number of colleges and university libraries, primarily in reference and/or instruction, but also in cataloging and archives as well.

6. What are your passions/interests outside of work?

Primarily, my interests are music, comic books, comedy, and professional basketball. However, I always have a rotating number of interests. Currently, those include the works of artist William Hogarth and the criminal underworld of the 19th century American West.

7. Where did you get your degree?

I got my bachelor’s degree at the University of Pittsburgh and my master’s at Drexel University in Philadelphia.

8. Where is your hometown?

Media, Pennsylvania

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

I am currently reading American Nations by Colin Woodard and the Usagi Yojimbo Saga, Vol. 2. So far, I love both of those, but the last book I finished and loved is Bill Bryson’s Made in America.

10. Any fun facts about yourself?

I can think of plenty of unusual facts about myself, but I’m not sure how fun any of them are. I have a Scottish Fold named Fergus and a crippling fear of horseshoe crabs. At the moment, I am trying to break the grating habit of correcting other people’s grammar.