Eric Wedig, Coordinator for Scholarly Resources in Social Sciences, is retiring

After 33 years of service, Eric Wedig, Coordinator for Scholarly Resources in Social Sciences, will be retiring from Tulane University Libraries (TUL) at the end of the Fall 2021 semester. Since his hire in February 1988 as the head of Government Documents and Microforms/Newspapers, Eric has held many roles, including Chief Bibliographer and a brief stint as the Acting Assistant Dean of Public Services.

Responsible for building collections of research materials for the social sciences, collaborating with faculty, and acting as a liaison across departments, Eric has made quite an impact at TUL over the years. Even after decades of meeting with students and faculty about their research needs and keeping up with the vast changes in librarianship, Eric remains an active collaborator with Tulanians inside and outside of the library. For example, he recently worked with Agnieszka Czeblakow, Head of Research Services at Tulane University Special Collections (TUSC), to assist Professor Andy Horowitz, author of the award-winning Katrina: A History, 1915–2015 (2020), in using TUSC materials to explore local environmental and disaster history.

Eric is widely recognized for his expertise in history and government information, as well as his convivial nature and his commitment to Louisiana athletics. “Eric Wedig is a Tulane treasure,” notes David Banush, Dean of Libraries. “His long service, many contacts across campus, and in-depth knowledge of information resources have made him a highly valued member of the library’s staff. He will be impossible to replace.”

Eric will miss his colleagues the most and has valued his time working closely with everyone in the Knowledge Lab, the H-TML second floor space that’s the home of the Scholarly Engagement group. Over the years, he has built relationships with Tulanians from a wide range of departments and still has lunch with a few faculty members every week. After his last day at Tulane, Eric plans to work on his house and land in Tangipahoa Parish with his wife Regina.

“Working with faculty and students has been the most rewarding part of this job. At Tulane, I’ve appreciated that researchers recognize the importance of library resources and consider librarians to be colleagues and partners,” says Eric.

Please join us in wishing Eric a happy and rewarding retirement. He will be missed!

Eric Wedig, Coordinator for Scholarly Resources in Social Sciences, head shot