The University of San Francisco: Gleeson Library

Benjamin Watson

Ben

Catalog Librarian

Contact:
Office: Gleeson 125
Phone: (415) 422-5633
email: watsonb@usfca.edu

Primary Liaison Areas:
English, Modern and Classical Languages, Bibliography

About Me:
I grew up along the Mississippi River on a farm in Illinois. As an undergrad at UC Berkeley I majored in English Literature with a writing emphasis, and studied with Thom Gunn, Joan Didion, Leonard Michaels, and Josephine Miles. Staying on at Berkeley for Library School, I developed an interest in Special Collections while interning at the Bancroft Library.

Work:
My career as a librarian at USF began in 1988, where I have worked in Reference, Special Collections, and Cataloging.

Interests:
San Francisco is one of the great locations in the world for enjoying the arts, and I attempt to make the most of that opportunity, pursuing interests in film, dance, opera, painting, music, writing, graphics & typography. My taste runs from traditional to experimental, both being exceptionally well served here. In addition I am active in AIDS support work. My daughter is an editor at Chronicle Books, and takes a kind and conscientious interest in keeping me up to date on matters of culture and fashion.