Brett Bodemer is the Humanities and Social Sciences Librarian at Robert E. Kennedy
Library at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, where he also serves
as General Education Instruction and Reference Coordinator. 

Brett has a diversity of interests, with publications including not only scholarly
articles on library topics, but fiction, translations, and poetry. A historical
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. 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. 

Articles

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They CAN and They SHOULD: Undergraduates Providing Peer Reference and Instruction, College & Research Libraries (2014)

Peer learning dynamics have proven powerful in collegiate contexts. These dynamics should be leveraged at...

 

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They not only CAN but they SHOULD: Why undergraduates should provide basic IL instruction, Association of College and Research Libraries 2013 Proceedings: Indianapolis, IN (2013)

Academic libraries have been slow to capitalize on the benefits of peer learning in basic...

 

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The Importance of Search as Intertextual Practice for Undergraduate Research, College & Research Libraries (2012)

By first reassessing the role of search in the literacy event of the lower division...

 

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Rabelais and the Abbey of Saint-Victor Revisited, Information & Culture (2012)

The seventh chapter of François Rabelais’s Pantagruel concludes with a list of books attributed to...

 

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Is San Luis Obispo Really Happy?, San Louie Magazine (2011)
 

Translations

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"Our Man Scapin" By Molière. Translated by Brett B. Bodemer, Library Scholarship (2012)

2012 American translation of Jean Baptiste Poquelin’s Les Fourberies de Scapin. Some liberties taken to...

 

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"The Doctor in Spite of Himself" By Molière. Translated by Brett B. Bodemer, Library Scholarship (2011)

2011 American translation of Jean Baptiste Poquelin’s comedy Le Médecin malgré lui. Some liberties taken...

 

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Don Juan, (2010)

2010 American translation of Jean Baptiste Poquelin’s Dom Juan ou Le Festin de Pierre. Some...

 

Travel Memoirs

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Back and There (Complete Version), DigitalCommons@CalPoly (2010)

These brief vignettes combining cross-cultural reflection and memoir were written shortly after returning from a...

 

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Back and There, Moebius (2010)
 

Thesis

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Pantagruel's Seventh Chapter: The Title as Suspect Codpiece, Library Scholarship (2006)

This study explores historical and linguistic aspects of Rabelais’ invented catalog for the Library of...

 

Poems

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A Vos Souhaits !, Vers (2005)
 

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Eros le Héros, Vers (2005)
 

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Le Testament, Vers (2005)
 

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Si Alza, Vers (2005)
 

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Camellias in bloom, Too Busy for Spring (1999)
 

Fiction

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The Rush Hour Choir, P-I/Northwest Magazine (1980)