Carolyn Gamtso (Associate Professor/Library Specialist) is the Head of Public Services at the UNH Manchester Library, where she focuses on library instruction and reference services. She earned her BA from the College of the Holy Cross, her MA in English from Indiana University, and her MLIS from the University of Rhode Island.
Carolyn’s research interests include information literacy, faculty collaboration, and peer tutoring in the library. She has shared her research in the area of library instruction at local, regional, national, and international conferences. She has also co-authored several articles and a book chapter that discuss information literacy projects and practices. Carolyn’s collection development activities for the UNH Manchester Library reflect her love of literature and cinema: she selects materials for the popular UNH Manchester Audiobook and Film Collections.
From July to December of 2007, Carolyn pursued a long-held dream by spending her academic sabbatical in the foothills of the Himalayas, teaching English to Tibetan refugees in Dharamsala, India, home of the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan Government-in-Exile. While in Dharamsala, she put her library skills to good use as well by reorganizing a volunteer organization's community reading room. She has discussed her experiences in India around the state in a UNH Speaker's Bureau lecture entitled "Education in Exile: Teaching in a Tibetan Refugee Community in the Himalayas."
Carolyn enjoys yoga, meditation, hiking, watching films, and reading. A long-time yoga practitioner, she is currently working toward her teaching certification in the Classical Yoga tradition. She lives in Manchester with her husband Darjee and their baby son Tenzin.