I have been interested in information ever since I was a little girl and would pore over reference books I found at the library and those we had at home--my favorites were the infographics of the day: the multi-colored maps of countries with their national products jumping off the page: fish, cows and cheese, automobiles, perhaps a steel manufacturing plant. Also an avid fiction reader, I loved browsing the aisles of the school library, looking for titles by my favorite authors and chancing upon the worlds of authors and books I hadn't yet read.
As a graduate student in library and information studies, I spent many hours in academic libraries and archives, marveling at and using the array of manuscript, print, digitized, and electronic resources they offer, as I pursued concentrations in history of the book, academic librarianship, and digital libraries. I have also studied the foundations of archives and have worked on several archival collections.
Today I work in the large research library at the Wisconsin Historical Society. I am excited to be working with this vast bibliographic world--this incredible body of knowledge and literature--and helping to make this world accessible to generations of patrons.
On these pages you can read about my experience with print collection management, digital libraries, and reference instruction and information literacy research.
I have a previous Master's Degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and extensive experience teaching English to adult learners at universities in the United States and abroad.