Jarvis, William E. 1945-
JARVIS, William E. 1945-
PERSONAL: Born May 18, 1945, in Columbia, SC; son of Roy (a manufacturing plant superintendent) and Blanche (a homemaker; maiden name, Ryan) Jarvis; married MaryAnn Hughes (a librarian), December 17, 1977; children: Anna Catherine Hughes Jarvis. Ethnicity: "(English-Irish-Polish-)American." Education: Ohio University, B.A., 1967; Syracuse University, M.A., 1971, M.L.S., 1979. Politics: "Independent." Religion: "Buddhistic (insight meditation—naturalistic world-views)." Hobbies and other interests: Reading, nature study, travel, comparative study of Eastern religions.
ADDRESSES: Offıce—Libraries, Washington State University, P.O. Box 645610, Pullman, WA 99164-5610. E-mail—[email protected]
CAREER: Otisca Industries, Syracuse, NY, corporate librarian, 1979-80; State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, college archivist at Moon Library, 1981; Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA, science reference librarian, 1982-84, collection and acquisitions librarian, 1984-90; Washington State University, Pullman, head of library acquisitions, 1990-99, collection services librarian, 1999-2002, knowledge manager, 2002—, associate professor (tenured faculty). Speaker on time capsules; guest on media programs.
MEMBER: International Time Capsule Society (founding member), American Library Association, Beta Phi Mu.
UNDER NAME WILL JARVIS
(Editor and contributor) Acquiring Online Management Reports, Haworth Press (Binghamton, NY), 2000.
Time Capsules: A Cultural History, McFarland and Co. (Jefferson, NC), 2003.
Contributor to encyclopedias. Contributor to library journals.
WORK IN PROGRESS: Editing and writing a contribution to a work on contemporary time-capsule phenomena and prospects; research on time capsules.
SIDELIGHTS: William E. Jarvis told CA: My interests include studies on Buddhological perspectives, comparisons of Buddha and Christ—their historicity—issues, salvific doctrines and practices, and how integral their ethics are to an integrated theologem. I also develop teaching approaches to Buddhological and comparative religion studies, and serve as occasional co-instructor in comparative religion courses.
"My current major interests include all aspects of time capsule studies, including archival science applications; knowledge management and information studies, both theoretical and practical; and history and study of comparative religions, especially Buddhist (Abhidharmic, etc.) psychological theory and practices, and the archetypal psycho-mythic dynamics of votive, dedication, protective, and delineation ritual-deposits.
"My twenty-five-year interest in time capsule studies and the writing of my book Time Capsules: A Cultural History can be traced back to my 1978 encounter with a small book, The Story of the Time Capsule, about the 1938 Westinghouse 'time capsule' for the 1939 New York World's Fair. Since I was doing graduate studies at the Information Studies School at Syracuse University, I included the study of time capsules as information transfer phenomena (that's how I came to found the interdisciplinary scholarly study of time capsules and write my magnum opus!)
"My lifelong interest in the relevance to human life of historical, humanistic, philosophical, 'buddhistic' studies has always seemed to involve for me an integration of intellectual theory and life practices.
"I also edited a book about statistical features of online library systems—a much narrower topic, although I believe I bring to those studies as well a wider philosophical approach than might be customary."
BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL SOURCES:
Choice, October, 2003, review of Time Capsules: ACultural History.
Journal of Popular Culture, May, 2004, review of Time Capsules.
Libraries & Culture, spring, 2004, review of TimeCapsules.
Seattle Weekly, March 23, 2003, review of TimeCapsules.