Gantz Family Collections Center
Museum Librarian & Head of Library Collections
My earliest visits to The Field Museum required a permission slip. Growing up in the Chicago suburbs, I visited the Museum on numerous field trips. Hooked at an early age!
While pursuing my degree in Anthropology at the University of Illinois at Chicago, I became a volunteer in the Education department, posted in the Webber Resource Center on Saturday afternoons. Once I decided to pursue a degree in Library Science, I started to volunteer in the Museum Archives. I left my volunteer role at the museum in 1997.
While pursuing my Masters Degree in Library Science at Dominican University, I worked in several other types of libraries, from a suburban public library to an academic law library. I was hired at The Field Museum as Reference Librarian in 2002 and currently hold the position of Museum Librarian & Head of Library Collections. I am responsible for the overall operation of the Library and its collections and services.
In 2013, I served as content advisor for exhibition, Opening the Vaults: Wonders of the 1893 World's Fair. Successful funding proposals to support Library's digitization efforts toward the Biodiversity Heritage Library. Funding received via The Field Museum's Africa Council as well as the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois Book Digitization Initiative.
Lead on major project to migrate the Library's integrated library system to OCLC WorldShare Management Services. Activities include: configuration of new system, staff training, adapting new workflows, creation of new documentation, and population of electronic resources collections into OCLC Knowledge Base.
Dominican University, M.L.S.
University of Illinois at Chicago, B.A. Anthropology
Research services, information retrieval, managing electronic resources, creating policies & procedures, circulation of print collections, interlibrary loan, collection development, supervising employees and volunteers, space planning, collection maintenance & inventory.
American Library Association
Chicago Area Museum Libraries (CAML)