Associate Professor, Extended & Off-campus Librarian
Office: 104C Helm Library
Phone: (270) 745-6117
Elisabeth (Beth) Knight has been a member of the Department of Library Public Services faculty since 1995. She handles reference requests and provides assistance, materials, advice, and research for WKU's distance education students. She also collaborates with Glasgow Regional Librarian to assure campus quality service to extended campus students. Beth Supervises two part-time employees and two students and provides research instruction for all Extended Campus and English Department classes. She acts as KYVL Reference contact (part of the Kentucky Virtual University) at WKU and performs collection development for the subject English, Film Studies, and Women's Studies.
Beth's library related research areas of interest include teaching methodology for use in both public and academic libraries and the servicing a distance learning population. Other research interests include 19th Century British literature (especially Victorian poetry & Robert Browning), Medieval literature, Arthurian literature, and Elizabethan & Jacobean poetry and plays. She is especially interested in: the 19th Century British Literature (especially the works of Gerard Manley Hopkins, Oscar Wilde, Wordsworth, Keats, et al.); the works of Jane Austin; Renaissance Drama (especially William Shakespeare, Christopher Marlowe, and Thomas Kydd); Rostand's Cyrano de Bergerac (1640); American Literature writers: Nathanal Hawthorne, T. S. Eliot, amongst others) and the Medieval Period and writers (Chaucer, Marie de France, Chrétien de Troyes, etc.).