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As one of the curators in the Special Collections Research Center, I promote access to post-1700 print materials in a variety of subject areas, as well as archival collections in the areas of children's literature, theatre history, and poetry.
In addition to rich general rare book holdings, areas of particular note include the Janice Bluestein Longone Culinary Archive, the Hubbard Collection of Imaginary Voyages, the Shakespeare Collection, the the William A. Gosling Pop-up and Moveable Books Collection, and the Children's Literature Collection.
I develop Special Collections' holdings in all of these areas by working with the antiquarian book trade and with donors of books and archival materials, and set priorities for cataloging, processing, conservation, and digitization of these materials. I also help students and researchers discover and navigate the collection through reference services, instruction sessions, exhibitions, and social media.
I enjoy working with students of all levels, and have a particular interest in developing hands-on activities that encourage students to learn through exploration of the materials themselves. The rare books collection holds a wealth of materials on an immense array of literary and historical topics beyond what can be described here. If you are curious about how the collection could support a class that you are teaching (or your personal research), I would be delighted to discuss the possibilities with you.
Prior to joining U-M Library's Special Collections Research Center in 2015, I was the Rare Books Librarian at the University of Texas at San Antonio for five years. In that position, I curated collections focusing on the history and culture of the South Texas—Mexico Border Region and on the culinary history of Mexico. I received my MA in Library and Information Science, with a Graduate Certificate in Book Studies / Book Arts and Technologies from the University of Iowa in 2009 and an MA in Cultural Anthropology, also from the University of Iowa, in 2007. I also hold a BA from Indiana University, where I studied anthropology and English literature. As a member of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section of the American Library Association, I have served on committees for Diversity, Exhibition Awards, Conference Program Planning, Conference Development, and Scholarships.