Brett Bodemer

College of Liberal Arts Librarian & Coordinator of Reference

Academic Services | Reference and Data Services


Brett Bodemer is the librarian for Cal Poly’s College of Liberal Arts. In this role he supports the instructional, consultation and collections needs of the College. As coordinator of Reference he pioneered the peer reference and instruction model at Cal Poly. Brett has a diversity of interests, with publications including not only scholarly articles on library topics, but fiction, translations, and poetry. A book length memoir "Madrona: A Microgeography of the 1960s and 1970s" explores cognitive mapping and the application of data tools to his personal experience in a racially bifurcated Seattle neighborhood. His biographic monograph, "John Hedley in North China and Inner Mongolia 1897-1912," was published by Eastbridge in 2008 and earlier work includes essays on the history and poetics of English-language haiku. Theatre Lab Company employed his translation of Moliere for a production of Don Juan in London's Hoxton Hall in 2018. His 2006 M.A. Thesis, "The Title as Suspect Codpiece" took a new look at Rabelais' parody of a medieval Parisian library. A Seattle native, Brett has lived in both in Honolulu, Hawaii and Hanoi, Vietnam. Brett's library research interests include technologies of writing, the history of classification, the undergraduate research process, and the role of peer learning in academic libraries.


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