Messiah College librarians all wear several hats. Two of the "hats" I wear are: Instruction coordinator -- particularly in the area of First Year Seminars; and liaison librarian to three academic departments -- Education; English; and Health and Human Performance. I am also liaison librarian for the Co-Curricular Educators and for External Programs at Messiah College. Additionally, I do a fair amount of classroom instruction, spend time at the Reference Desk, and do some cataloging. Areas of particular academic interest include teaching methods, learning styles, electronic communication, information literacy, assessment, and social aspects of Internet use. To learn more about information literacy for students at Messiah College, click here.
Personal interests: I enjoy reading, writing, history, and women's studies. Buying/selling used books is another personal interest.
Camping with my family, especially at Cape May, N.J, is my favorite way to relax.
My husband, Ken Mark, taught elementary school for 30 years and is now Director of the Oakes Museum at Messiah College.
On my father's side, I am descended from Jacob Hochstetler who settled in Pennsylvania in the first half of the 18th century. One of my U.S. history research interests is related to Jacob Hochstetler's experience during the French and Indian War, particularly the capture of Jacob and his two sons, Christian and Joseph, by Shawnee and Delaware Indians in 1757. Quite a few primary documents exist to trace their story. One of my goals is to scan the documents to be accessible at this site. The Jacob Hochstetler Family Assn., Inc. published a book that includes all such known documents accompanied by supplementary documentation and analysis: Our Flesh and Blood: A Documentary History of the Jacob Hochstetler Family during the French and Indian War Period, 1757-1765. Beth Hostetler Mark, comp. & ed. 2003.
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