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Neal Baker
Library Director

Neal Baker is Library Director, coordinating a team of librarians that also teach in the curriculum, lead off-campus programs, and handle instructional technology software for the campus. His published articles and book chapters slot into either library research or scholarship about the science fiction/fantasy genres.

Contact Info

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Lilly Library


  • Lilly Library
  • Film Studies


  • M.A., University of Iowa
  • M.A., University of Iowa
  • B.A., Carleton College

Most recent:

“Mission Renewal: Information Literacy as a Campus Diversity and Inclusion Program” (co-authored with Kate Blinn and Bonita Washington-Lacey) in Colleen Boff and Catherine Cardwell, eds. Leading Change in Academic Libraries. Chicago: Association of College and Research Libraries, 2020 (in-press).

“Mapping Tabletop Game Convention Characteristics: Transmedia, Teaching, and Learning” in Jennifer Grouling and Stephanie Hedge, eds. Essays on Transmedia Storytelling, Tabletop Role-Playing, and Fandom. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2020 (in-press).

“How Librarians Can Improve Retention through Outreach and Immersion” (co-authored with Amy Bryant, Karla Fribley, José-Ignacio Pareja and Bonita Washington-Lacey) in Christine Bombaro, ed. Diversity and Inclusion in Action. Chicago: American Library Association, 2020 (in-press).

“Demonstrating the Value of ‘Library as Place’ with the MISO Survey” (co-authored with Katherine Furlong, David Consiglio, Gentry Holbert, Craig Milberg, Kevin Reynolds, and Joshua Wilson). Performance Measurement and Metrics 19.2 (2018): 111-20.

“Secondary World Infrastructures and Tabletop Fantasy Role-Playing Games” in Mark J. P. Wolf, ed. Revisiting Imaginary Worlds: A Subcreation Studies Anthology. New York: Routledge, 2017: 83-95.

I’m fortunate to be an administrator who teaches. Regardless of whether it’s in a first-year seminar, an upper-level film course, or an on off-campus study program, I appreciate the opportunities to learn from Earlham students in different contexts.

This is the one question I’ve never been able to answer about Earlham; any stab at an answer seems reductive.

Arguably the best possible way for students and faculty to get to know each other; off-campus study entails a set of daily challenges that range from logistical to existential. Daily reflection seems to be a key design element that brings many elements of complex place-based experiences together.

Fitness, reading, and painting Warhammer miniature figurines.

Earlham College, an independent, residential college, aspires to provide the highest-quality undergraduate education in the liberal arts and sciences, shaped by the distinctive perspectives of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).

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