As the Turkish Studies Specialist, my main responsibilities are cataloguing materials in Turkish, Ottoman Turkish, and Turkic languages; managing workflow; managing and developing library collections; providing research assistance for students; maintaining the Turkish Studies Research Guide; providing subject reference and technical assistance; training new staff members; serving as faculty liaison; and conducting outreach activities such as the weekly Turkish Language & Literature Conversation Group since 1990. In 1995, I worked with the Turkish American Cultural Association of Michigan to establish the Turkish American Friendship Room on the 4th floor of the Shapiro Science Library.
I also perform the following functions: managing the International Studies hourly budget and timekeeping; maintaining email & phone lists.
I am a native speaker of Turkish, and I initially studied several Turkic languages as an avocation. I studied Ottoman Turkish with professor James Stewart-Robinson. I studied Uzbek and several other Turkic languages and literatures with professor Yavuz Akpinar and professor Marianne Kamp.
I hold a B.S. in Mathematics (Physics minor) at Istanbul University, Faculty of Sciences. I taught mathematics and physics in Istanbul before coming to work at the Library.
English, Turkish, Azerbaijani, Uyghur