John Hickey

Retired Librarian and Archives Associate, Library


Since retiring Summer 2009 after 25 years with the College Library and Archives, I have more time for home maintenance, woodworking projects, a vegetable garden (or, at least, a more varied deer/rabbit buffet line!).  I am also pursuing my long-term interest in "multi cultures" like the communities I grew up in -- Franco-American, Irish-American -- as well as the ones I have studied -- French, Spanish, German, Vietnamese -- and experienced in Ithaca -- Asian-America, Southeast Asia, Afro-America, including books and cooking from these cultures. I have updated web pages on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s visits to Ithaca originally prepared for Ithaca College's MLK celebrations.

I am attempting, with help from Naeem Inayatullah and other sources, to understand the Muslim worlds.  When I have results of interest, I share them on GoodReads.

As Associate Editor for Southeast Asia, Bibliography of Asian Studies working part-time in the Echols Collection in the Cornell University Library, i am skimming and summarizing Western-language literature on Southeast Asia for the online BAS database, available at Cornell University and 400+ other educational institutions.

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I enjoyed working in the College Archives with Archivist Bridget Bower to provide information, documents, photographs, media, etc, about the College, for about 9 years.  My particular role, based on my experience as a "cataloger / metadata creator", was describing the Archives' resources for the Library catalog & adding to the South Central Region's 'Tools of History' repository, now part of New York Heritage  many images from the College's past downtown and on the South Hill campus.

It was also my pleasure to work with Modern Languages faculty as the liaison for Library services (resources, reference, and information literacy instruction, and also with the general IC user community as an adjunct Reference Librarian.

Back in the twentieth century, as Catalog Librarian (& systems person without portfolio) in the Library, I had a rewarding decade+ making technologies like online & CD-ROM databases available for Library staff & patron use, including several year on the Library's first online Catalog. 

I came to the Ithaca College Library with a background in modern/classical languages (Latin, Greek, French, German, Spanish, "title-page" Russian, Southern dialect of Vietnamese), cataloging, reference, and work with special collections (Vietnam and Southeast Asia in particular), gained at the Cornell U. Library system & the SUNY-Cortland Library