Dr. Kotter is Social Sciences Librarian in the Stewart Library at Weber State University. He is responsible for selecting library materials in the social sciences and music. In addition , he serves as liaison to the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, teaches a course on information resources in the social sciences, provides reference service, and consults on an individual and group basis with library users who have special information needs in the social sciences. He also teaches one course a year for the Department of Sociology and Anthropology.
Before coming to Weber State in 1994, Dr. Kotter worked in the libraries of the University of Maryland (College Park, MD); the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies (Washington, DC); and the Savings and Community Bankers of America (Washington, DC). In addition he worked for two years as a volunteer in the Natural History Branch of the Smithsonian Institution Libraries.
Dr. Kotter is also an experienced archeologist, having received his Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ) in 1986. Before pursuing his degree in Library Science, Dr. Kotter taught anthropology part-time at Towson University (Towson, MD), Montgomery College (Rockville, MD), and Prince George's Community College (Largo, MD). He continues to conduct active research in Near Eastern Archaeology. Current projects include a web-based bibliography of archaeological excavations in the southern Levant (BAESL) and a revision of his Ph.D. dissertation on urbanization in Palestine during the Middle Bronze Age. From June 4 to July 25, 1995, Dr. Kotter served as an Area Supervisor for the Tel Miqne-Ekron Excavations at Kibbutz Revadim, Israel. This large site is the location of ancient Ekron, one of the Philistine capital cities mentioned in the Old Testament.