Fellowships: Rare Book School

Rare Book School

I am delighted to announce that I have been awarded an IMLS-RBS Fellowship!

From the IMLS-RBS Fellowship press release:

Rare Book School (RBS) at the University of Virginia has awarded the second cohort of twenty IMLS-RBS Fellowships for Early-Career Librarians.

The IMLS-RBS Fellowship program is designed to help educate and contribute to the professional development of early-career special collections librarians, with a special emphasis on recruiting participants currently underrepresented in the field. Fellowships include funding to take a course at Rare Book School as well as to attend the annual conference of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section (RBMS) of the Association of College & Research Libraries, a division of the American Library Association.

About the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)
The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. Its mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. Its grant making, policy development, and research help libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive. To learn more,
visit www.imls.gov and follow IMLS on Facebook and Twitter.

About Rare Book School (RBS)
Rare Book School provides continuing-education opportunities for students from all disciplines and levels to study the history of written, printed, and digital materials with leading scholars and professionals in the fields of bibliography, librarianship, book history, manuscript studies, and the digital humanities. Founded in 1983, RBS moved to its present home at the University of Virginia in 1992. RBS is a not-for-profit educational organization affiliated with the University of Virginia. More information about RBS is available at http://www.rarebookschool.org.

Read more about the fellows, here.


Professional Organizations: AAIHS

AAIHSI stumbled across the African American Intellectual History Society when the Twitter hashtag #Charlestonsyllabus gained public attention. A group of librarians, professors and other intellectuals had thoughtfully compiled a list of the various works shared via twitter into one cohesive list.


Once on AAIHS’ site, I began reading the archive of blog posts with interest.


I subsequently signed up for the newsletter and joined the organization. The frequent posts serve as a reminder of my own desire to research topics related to African American history and inspire me to take steps towards contributing my own work.

Click here to learn more about AAIHS, its officers and mission.

Professional Organizations: ACRL

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The Association of College and Research Libraries / Greater New York Metropolitan Area Chapter is dedicated to improving library services, encouraging the exchange of ideas and information, providing networking opportunities for librarians and seeking greater cooperation among academic and research libraries.

I recently completed an application to participate in the ACRL/NY Mentoring ProgramI was fortunate enough to be accepted and paired with a mentor whose advice quickly proved invaluable to me. We discussed my enrollment in the D4L program. She used her expertise as an instructional designer to guide me in selecting a relevant topic that I could continue with even after the completion of the program. We’ve also had one very meaningful exchange about my career goals. I look forward to continuing our  relationship in the new year.

To learn more about ACRL click, here.

on the SHELF: Johannes Cabal the Necromancer

Johannes Cabal the Necromancer


Jonathan L. Howard

First Impression: entertaining, bitingly hilarious, delightful.

The cover of another in this series caught my eye on the way back from the restroom (I find MANY books while scanning the shelves on my way to and from the restroom). Fortunately, something alerted me to the fact that it was part of a series, as I despise reading them out of order. I’m reading this one on my NOOK. Mr. Howard writes in my favorite sassy British style: lovely turns of phrase, stinging set downs and intelligent stiff-upper-lip-ness. I’m already excited for the next one.


WITNESSed: The (Unexpected) Emotional Impact of Archiving

This past Winter/Spring, I completed an archival internship at WITNESS. The archives department is micro, as in just-one-super-awesome-archivist, but mighty. The experience was delightful and all that an internship should be*: informative, educational, fun and relationship building.

At the end of my experience there, I wrote an article for the WITNESS blog.

The (Unexpected) Emotional Impact of Archiving (credit WITNESS)

“Sitting down to work my first day as an intern in the archive department at WITNESS was exciting. I hadn’t started a new position in over two years and I was pleased to be taking steps towards transitioning from library world to the realm of archives. Though I anticipated that the material I was assigned would be difficult to view, I was completely unprepared for the emotional impact that watching human rights footage would have on me…”


WITNESS, Brooklyn, NY

Media Archives Intern, February 2015 – May 2015

·    Performed a variety of hands-on tasks including cataloging, tape capture, digital ingest and online research.

·    Used various software tools to capture, analyze, view and transfer video files.

·    Created metadata for unpublished human rights video footage in a cataloging database.

·    Became knowledgeable of the processes and components of a digital archiving workflow within a small organization.

on the SHELF: Fashionable Selby

on the SHELF: Fashionable SelbyDudes, this book is so stinkin’ beautiful! My goodness! If your mojo needs a kick in the groin (is my mojo is male??) this will more than do the job. If you’re anything like me, you will want to run to the nearest hardware, fabric, craft, stationary every kind of store to stock up on cool tools and supplies.

Just look at all of the cool folks, and their amazing AMAZING workspaces, included in this dense beauty.

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On the Shelf: OCD, the Dude and Me

OCD-the-Dude-and-MeI think I’ve made it pretty clear, here. I like books.



I’ve always loved books and escaping into them. I love to judge them by their covers and stand in the aisle at a bookstore or library and read the first few lines to see if I’m captured. If I’m taken away by that first thought, feeling or action.

So, it’s a bit unusual that my career as a librarian has, thus far, involved very little contact with books. I could bore you to death with chat about how the role of libraries, and therefore librarians, has changed. But I mostly want to talk about the book in the post title.

OCD, the Dude & Me is told in one of my favorite formats: diary style. I loved it while reading Bridget Jones and Georgia Nicholson and Adrian Mole and this work makes it extra special by including essays, letters and emails. Veerry Cool!

The story centers around Danielle, who, it will come as no shock (I mean, it’s in the title), suffers from OCD.  Learning about disorders and the way the mind works absolutely fascinates me, but that is not really what this book is about. It’s about the life of a troubled girl, her daily struggles to get s**t right and her slow transformation back into the person she once was. It’s equal parts sad and heartbreaking and funny and real.

It’s a beautifully unique coming of age tale with a Dude based story line. How could I NOT love that?!?!

I won’t ruin the plot (HATE THAT) but I will tell you that Danielle learns to “abide” and thrive and feel hope where there was once none. If you like YA books, grab this one (from your local library. GO GET A CARD!) and read it on the train so you can snort and get dirty looks from your fellow strap hangers 😀

Also, watch this awesome celebration of ladies who like to read!!