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EIU librarian David Bell rings up research for almost two decades

By Ryan Allibone, Dominika Chruszcz, Elise Guillen, and Madison Parola.

Reference librarian David Bell has helped a variety of people at Eastern Illinois University with researching different subjects. Since 1999, Bell has taken on many roles within research involving theater arts, journalism, recreation, administration, kinesiology and physics.

Bell could’ve taken the career path as English professor using his master’s in English Literature, but decided to become a librarian instead.

“After college I spent a long time in the library doing the research for my Masters [degree]. I saw the academic librarians and thought I might like to do that,” he said.

Bell lamented on how different his job is compared to when he started.

“It’s really interesting how the world of research has changed in the last 25 years,” he said. “There’s a lot of progress that has been made with how easy information is to get.”

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[Madison Parola photo]

Eastern Illinois University Professor David Bell talks to Karen Whisler, reference staff member, in Mary J. Booth Library on June 23.

EIU Professor David Bell researches materials.

[Elise Guillen photo]

EIU Professor David Bell researches materials. Bell has taken on many roles within research involving theater arts, journalism, recreation, administration, kinesiology and physics.

EIU Professor David Bell researches materials.

[Madison Parola photo]

EIU Professor David Bell researches materials. Bell has taken on many roles within research involving theater arts, journalism, recreation, administration, kinesiology and physics.

EIU Professor David Bell researches materials.

[Dominika Chruszcz photo]

EIU Professor David Bell researches materials. Bell has taken on many roles within research involving theater arts, journalism, recreation, administration, kinesiology and physics.

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