James M. Skidmore is Associate Professor of German Studies at the University of Waterloo. A child of the Canadian prairies, he took a BA in French and German and an MA in German at the University of Saskatchewan. Being unable to figure it out the first time, he took another MA in German at Princeton University, where he also earned his PhD. When he is not dispensing indispensable wisdom about things German, he sits in his large and luxuriously appointed office where his co-presenter Laura Briggs cajoles him into finding new ways of integrating library instruction into courses on German culture. James takes great interest in the use of course management systems for the organization and enhancement of student learning. He is currently a co-investigator (along with Pia Marks and Laura Briggs of the University of Waterloo) in a study on student retention of acquired skills. The photo of James was taken by Laura when she interrupted his study leave in Germany. For more information go to http://www.arts.uwaterloo.ca/~skidmore.