Arjun Sabharwal is Associate Professor of Library Administration and Digital Initiatives Librarian for the University of Toledo.
Arjun Sabharwal recevied an MLIS and a graduate certificate in Archival Administration in 2003. He joined the University of Toledo Libraries faculty as Digital Initiatives Librarian in January 2009 as Assistant Professor, and was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 2015.
His research interests include Digital Humanities, interdisciplinary approaches to digital curation, digital preservation, archival science and information architecture.
Q: Why did you choose Wayne State's School of Information Sciences?
A: I was teaching at the Music Department, so it was convenient; but I was happy that the archival program was also very good.
Q: What is your area of concentration? Why?
A: Archiving, digital curation and digital humanities - I am interested in working with primary sources.
Q: How did SIS prepare you for your career?
A: The program was truly helpful. I can engage in archiving as well as digital projects.
Q: What are you most proud of now that you are in the profession?
A: Being an archivist while also working with digital humanities material.
Q: Was there a professor who really impacted your journey into librarianship?
A: Many: Dr. Philip Mason, Dr. Ronald Powell, Dr. Joseph Mika, Kim Schroeder, Dr. Anghelescu, Dr. Ankem, Laura Mancini, and Dr. Holley.
Q: Since graduating from this program, what do you feel is the most important or surprising thing you've learned about the library and information science profession?
A: As a professor I always felt that librarians can be integral to the academic community, and can do more by engaging directly with professors. Digital Humanities (DH) is one excellent example.
Q: What advice would you give to someone considering SIS as their library school?
A: Even if you do not land in your dream job, maintain some presence in the community so you can prepare yourself for a surprise opening. Start going to conferences, write articles for newsletters, and become active in a local organization. That is your investment! That's what happened to me as well.