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Jonathan H. Harwell

Associate Professor, and the Head of Collections & Systems, in Olin Library at Rollins College

Jonathan Harwell Olin Library at Rollins College

 

T. 407.646.2148
jharwell@rollins.edu

I am an Associate Professor, and the Head of Collections & Systems, in Olin Library at Rollins College. I earned my MLIS from The University of Alabama in 1998, and my MA in Social Science from Georgia Southern University in 2012. I have previously been on the library faculty at Berry College, the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and Georgia Southern University.
 
I manage a department that provides most of Olin Library's services that happen behind the scenes. I also work with faculty to teach students how to do research. My passion is making sure the library provides all the information that Rollins needs. My team and I strive to get books and articles before people ask us for them; and to get some things from other libraries. We make sure people can easily find what they need, so they can take a book along on a hike, or watch a video online from anywhere. As any other librarian does, I do everything I can to connect people with information.  In my former life, I was a teacher in Albania for two years. My passions include collection development, finding international cuisines, and researching the cultural history of Quakers in the South.
 
I publish in the intersection of theology and pop culture.  With Rev. Katrina Jenkins, Rollins' Dean of Religious Life, I co-edited the scholarly volume Theology and Prince (Lexington Books/Fortress Academic, 2020), the inaugural volume of the Theology and Pop Culture series.
 
I also research acquisition models for library e-resources, and I am a section editor for the Open Library of Humanities. I have published in Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies, the Journal of Electronic PublishingAgainst the Grain, and the Journal of Access Services.

Associate Professor & Head of Collections and Systems | Rollins College
May 2012 - Present
Olin Library, Winter Park, FL

Coordinator of Content Management | Georgia Southern University
August 2010 -  April 2012
Zach S. Henderson Library, Statesboro, GA

Collection Development and Assessment Librarian | Georgia Southern University
August 2007 - July 2010
Zach S. Henderson Library, Statesboro, GA

Reference Librarian for Education/Senior Assistant Librarian | University of Alabama at Birmingham
May 2004-July 2007
Mervyn H. Sterne Library, Birmingham, AL

Reference Librarian (Temporary)/Assistant Librarian | University of Alabama at Birmingham
September 2003 - April 2004
Mervyn H. Sterne Library, Birmingham, AL

Reference/Interlibrary Loan Librarian | Berry College 
January 1999 - August 2002
Memorial Library, Mount Berry, GA

Recent Publications

Montgomery, Susan E., and Jonathan H. Harwell.  “Common intellectual experiences and academic libraries.”  IN Ruelle, Joan D., ed.  The Engaged Library:  High-Impact Educational Practices in Academic Libraries.  Chicago, IL:  Association of College & Research Libraries, 2020, 27-37.

Jenkins, Katrina, and Jonathan H. Harwell, co-editors.  Theology and Prince.  Lexington Books and Fortress Academic, 2020.

Harwell, Jonathan H., and Erin Gallagher.  “The secret lives of ebooks: A paratextual analysis illuminates a veil of usage statistics.”  Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies 26.2 (April 2020). Peer Reviewed.   
https://scholarship.rollins.edu/as_facpub/187/

Harwell, Jonathan H.  “Review:  This Thing Called Life:  Prince, Race, Sex, Religion, and Music.”  Journal of Religious & Theological Information (2018), 1-3.

Harwell, Jonathan H.  “Review:  The Purple Rain Era Studio Sessions:  1983 and 1984.”  Journal of Popular Culture 51.6 (2018), 1571-1574.

Harwell, Jonathan H.  “And the Resolution.”  Theology of Prince (2018).  https://content.unitedseminary.edu/theology-of-prince-gallery

Harwell, Jonathan H.  “Rhyme or Reason?:  Patterns in Book Pricing by Format.”  Journal of Electronic Publishing 20.1 (2017).  Peer reviewed.  
https://quod.lib.umich.edu/j/jep/3336451.0020.104?view=text;rgn=main

Harwell, Jonathan H., and James Bunnelle.  “ATG Special Report — Purchasing Articles by Demand-Driven Acquisition: An Alternative Serial Distribution Model for Libraries.”  Against the Grain 29.1 (Feb. 2017), 35-39, 43.  Peer reviewed.  
http://scholarship.rollins.edu/as_facpub/147/

Harwell, Jonathan H.  “Library Security Gates:  Effectiveness and Current Practice.”  Journal of Access Services 11.2 (April 2014), 53-65.  Peer reviewed.  
http://scholarship.rollins.edu/as_facpub/71/

Harwell, Jonathan H.  “Quaker History Day:  St. Petersburg Friends Celebrate 75th Anniversary.”  News.  Southeastern Yearly Meeting.  Retrieved 19 Jan. 2017.  http://seymquakers.org/blog/2016/04/02/%E2%80%8Equaker-history-day-st-petersburg-friends-celebrate-75th-anniversary/

Harwell, Jonathan H.  “Being Earnest with Collections:  Investing in Open Access at a Small Academic Library.”  Against the Grain 27.6 (Dec. 2015/Jan. 2016), 75.  
http://scholarship.rollins.edu/as_facpub/128/

Harwell, Jonathan H.  “Benevolence as Covert Social Control Debate.”  IN McKivigan, John R., and Heather L. Kaufman, eds.  Encyclopedia of American Reform Movements.  New York, N.Y.:  Facts on File, forthcoming.

Harwell, Jonathan H., and Erin Gallagher.  “The Secret Lives of Ebooks.”  (Submitted, Revised & Resubmitted)

Harwell, Jonathan H.  Settling and Laying Down: A Cultural History of Quakers in Savannah and Statesboro, Georgia.  (Submitted)

Harwell, Jonathan H.  “Theorizing Quaker Culture:  Communitas and Lasting Tradition.”  (Submitted)

Harwell, Jonathan H., and Sharon P. Williams.  “Rompiendo Barreras:  Reorganizing Technical and Digital Services in a Small Academic Library.”  Proceedings of the Charleston Library Conference (2013), 327-330.  Retrieved 13 June 2014.  
http://docs.lib.purdue.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1447&context=charleston

Harwell, Jonathan H.  “Going Out on a Limb:  Pushing the Boundaries of DDA.”  Guest editorial.  Against the Grain 24.6 (December/January 2012-13), 1.

Harwell, Jonathan H.  “ATG Interviews Kristine S. Baker, Director of Digital Sales, YBP.”  Against the Grain 24.6 (December/January 2012-13), 36-40.  Retrieved 13 June 2014.  
http://scholarship.rollins.edu/as_facpub/53/

Recent Presentations

Belanger, Annie, Erin Gallagher, Jonathan Harwell, and Mellissa Hinton.  “Navigating by the Stars:  Library Leadership Lessons.”  Presentation at Annual Charleston Conference on Issues in Book and Serial Acquisition, Charleston, SC.  9 November 2017.

Miller, Jonathan, and Jonathan Harwell.  “Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is:  Gamifying Open Access Funding Decisions.”  Presentation at Florida Library Association Annual Conference, Orlando, FL.  11 May 2017.

Harwell, Jonathan H., and James Bunnelle.  “ATG:  The Podcast Episode on PDA for Articles.”  Invited podcast presentation for Against the Grain.  27 March 2017.  http://www.against-the-grain.com/2017/03/atg-the-podcast-pda-articles/

Kieft, Robert, Presenter.  Harwell, Jonathan H., Discussant.  “How Do Libraries Make a Long Term, Substantial Commitment to Support OA Publishing?”  Invited discussion at Annual Charleston Conference on Issues in Book and Serial Acquisition, Charleston, SC.  4 November 2016.

Harwell, Jonathan H.  “History of St. Petersburg Friends.”  Two invited presentations at St. Petersburg Friends Meeting, St. Petersburg, FL.  24 April 2016.

Harwell, Jonathan H.  “Friend of the Friends: Learning from Cultural Histories of Quakers in the South.”  Invited presentation at University Unitarian Universalist Society, Orlando, FL.  21 February 2016.

Harwell, Jonathan, Matthew Nichter, and Veronica Segarra.  “Primary Sources.”  Faculty workshop at Rollins College, Winter Park, FL.  24 April 2015.

Babin, Barry J., Jonathan Harwell, Jennifer Kemp, and Nick Philipson.  “The Sharing Economy on Campus:  A Panel Discussion.”  Invited presentation at Springer Summit:  In the Classroom:  Maximizing Library Resources for Faculty & Students, Orlando, FL.  9 April 2015.

Harwell, Jonathan H., and James Bunnelle.  “Alternative Serial Distribution Models for Libraries.”  Invited presentation at Charleston Seminar, Annual Charleston Conference on Issues in Book and Serial Acquisition, Charleston, SC.  8 November 2014.

Harwell, Jonathan H.  “Researching Southern Quakers:  A Librarians’s Experience.”  Presentation at the Florida Theological Library Association’s Annual Meeting, Boynton Beach, FL.  27 March 2014.

Harwell, Jonathan H., and Sharon P. Williams.  “Rompiendo Barreras:  Reorganizing Technical and Digital Services in a Small Academic Library.”  Presentation at Annual Charleston Conference on Issues in Book and Serial Acquisition, Charleston, SC.  7 November 2013.

Harwell, Jonathan H.  “Life in Shqiperia (Albania).”  Presentation (3 sessions) in Orange County Public Schools Teach-In series at Riverside Elementary School, Orlando, FL.  14 November 2012.

Harwell, Jonathan H.  “A Cultural History of Quakers in Savannah and Statesboro, Georgia.”  Presentation in Rollins College Interdisciplinary Scholarship Series, Winter Park, FL.  27 September 2012.

  • Editorial Team, Popular Culture and Theology, 2019-Present
  • Member-At-Large, College Libraries Section, Association of College & Research Libraries, 2017-2019
  • Section Editor, Anthropology and Religious Studies, Open Library of Humanities, 2014-Present
  • Member, Florida Association of College and Research Libraries Board of Directors, 2015-2017
  • Member, LYRASIS Academic Library Advisory Committee for E-Content, 2014-Present
  • Peer Reviewer, Against the Grain, 2011-Present

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Montgomery and Harwell publish chapter on rFLA and information literacy

Olin librarians and associate professors Susan Montgomery and Jonathan Harwell had their chapter “Common Intellectual Experiences and Academic Libraries” published in The Engaged Library: High Impact Educational Practices in Academic Libraries.
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Harwell Addresses Open Access in Small Academic Libraries

Assistant Professor Jonathan Harwell of Rollins College’s Olin Library published a paper in honor of Open Access Week. His paper, published through Rollins Scholarship Online, shares what librarians at Rollins are doing to support the movement.
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