Digital Scholarship and Research Librarian, Director of the Digital Showcase
I began work at ORU on February 28, 2018, as the Advanced Library Generalist, working in reference and technical services. In August of 2018, I was appointed as a faculty member and given my current responsibilities.
My passion is to help students learn how to research. My goal is to teach skills that will last a lifetime, not just for one paper or one class. Instead of using the traditional reference model of simply answering a student’s question, I answer the question by showing the student how to find the answer. I want to teach students to fish rather than simply giving them a fish. I really enjoy seeing when a concept takes hold in a student’s mind. I love that moment when things “make sense.” I have helped many students with their doctoral work, I receive a lot of joy from assisting them in accomplishing such a prestigious achievement. I have a lot of experience with digital libraries and institutional repositories, and I love making resources available to not only students but researchers around the world. I had the opportunity to do postgraduate work in Pauline Literature and because of that experience, I can also help advanced students with research related to the New Testament.
I participated in a research project with Ithaka S + R exploring the research needs of religious scholars, reported on here: Cooper, Danielle and Horner, Thad, et al. “Supporting the Changing Research Practices of Religious Studies Scholars.” New York: Ithaca S&R, 2017. https://doi.org/10.18665/sr.294119
I am married to Anila Horner. I am also an Ordained Minister and an Amateur Magician.