Don Macnaughtan

Don Macnaughtan
Reference & Instruction Librarian
At Lane

Here at Lane I work as a reference librarian, and I also teach. My subject specialties are the social sciences, applied design, mass media, photography, and computer information technology. I act as the academic liaison to faculty in these areas, which means I help them use the library's resources, and build the new book and dvd collections for those subjects. I'm also a resource for copyright and MLA citation issues on our campus, and I populate our research guides.


Academic Work

My publication catalog is on AcademiaWorldCatGoogle Scholar, and also here. My work focuses on Joss Whedon,  the celebrated screenwriter, producer, and director. My Whedon book is The Buffyverse Catalog from McFarland (winner of the Mr. Pointy Award for the Best Academic Book in Whedon Studies), and I have just completed the definitive critical bibliography on Whedon's work for Oxford University Press.

I'm also an editor for, working in the fields of oceanic archaeology, television, and island studies. Coming from New Zealand, I'm interested in how prehistoric humans settled the planet's more isolated islands, especially the "mystery islands" of East Polynesia and South Polynesia, as well as the prehistoric settlers of Great Nicobar (Indian Ocean) and Isla de los Estados (Patagonia).  I have also contributed to the history of Western Perthshire (Scotland), where my ancestors settled in the Dark Ages.

My other interests cover American Indians: the mysterious Haush Indians of Tierra del Fuego, as well as Oregon's Chinookan, Siuslawan, and Athapaskan peoples. I maintain a popular resource on the Indian Languages of Western Oregon. I am occasionally a consultant on the rare Northwest Coast ceremonial artifacts known as Coppers. My latest publication about Coppers is The Purchase of the Nahuhulk, a "secret history" from the Tsimshian people, first recorded in 1916.

Social Media

Music Playlists

My Subject Areas

Social Science

  • American Indians
  • Anthropology and Archaeology
  • Ethnic Studies
  • Geography and GIS
  • History
  • International Studies
  • Law and Criminal Justice
  • Political Science

Art and Applied Design

  • Architecture
  • Graphic Design
  • Mass Media and Media Studies
  • Multimedia and Game Design
  • Photography

Computer Information Technology

  • Computer Science
  • Information Systems