“Competent, highly dependable and organized, ridiculously hard-working, demonstrated leadership skills, with long experience in bibliographic analysis, gifts processing, project management, book history, and rare-book practices. Among the most able of our graduate Captains.” -Max Yela, Head of Special Collections, Golda Meir Library, UW-Milwaukee




Master of Library and Information Science, Archives Concentration, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Bachelor of Science in Information Science and Technology, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Associate of Applied Science, Graphic Design and Technology, Gateway Technical College, Racine, Wisconsin


Additional Education

  • “English Bookbindings, 1450-1850: Identification and Interpretation” through Rare Book School, Charlottesville, VA., July 29-August 3, 2018

  • “Teaching with Primary Sources: How to Design for Active Learning” workshop through the Society of American Archivists. Chicago, IL., May 22, 2018

  • “Organization and Management of Collections” online continuing education through University of Wisconsin-Madison, February 12–May 6, 2018

  • “Grant Writing for Librarians” online continuing education through University of Wisconsin-Madison, June-August 2017

  •  “Book Production and Social Practice in Early Modern Europe and America” through Rare Book School Cambridge, MA., January 8-14, 2017

  • “Rare Book Cataloging: An Introduction” online workshop through Midwest Collaborative for Library Services, October 2016

  • “Online Searching at the Reference Desk” online continuing education course through University of Wisconsin-Madison, September-November 2015

  • “Great Cathedral Libraries of England” summer short-term study abroad through University of Maryland-College Park, June 21-July 3, 2015


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Blog Posts


    • American Library Association (ALA)

    • Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL)

    • Rare Books and Manuscripts Section (RBMS)

      • Instruction & Outreach Committee member 2019-2023

      • Exhibition Awards Committee member 2021-2023

    • Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing (SHARP)

      • Executive Committee member -Director of Conferences 2021-2023

    • Society of American Archivists (SAA)

    • Wisconsin Library Association (WLA)

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