RISS Spotlight Interview: Alyssa Vincent

Alyssa Vincent_ reference desk

Alyssa Vincent

Psychology and Art Librarian 

Northeastern Illinois University 






Q.      What type of Reference Model do you currently use?

We have separate reference and circulation desks for the time being, but we’re talking about shifting to a blended model.

Q.       What is your favorite Reference Resource?

For written research on movements, artists, and concepts: Art & Architecture Complete. For visual references/inspiration, the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s digital collections. 

Q.     Share one of the most interesting reference questions you’ve ever received.

This actually didn’t happen at the desk, but I’m working with a woman who is researching Ginette Spanier, Creative Directrice of Balmain from 1947-1976. She became quite the international figure and lectured in Europe and the United States about haute couture. I’m helping this woman create a list of every single lecture date and location for Madame Spanier. Without a  complete, free, digitized archive of all major U.S. newspapers, it’s quite the challenge! 

Q.     Tell us your favorite research subject area, or tell us what types of activities you like to do outside of the library!

Cultural studies related to fashion as well as the history of the beauty and fragrance industries. I like to cast a wide net! When I’m not watching Dior and I for the 6th time, I like to read, cook and bake, and force my cat to snuggle with me.


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