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Introduction: Who Am I?
Hello! I'm the W&M History Librarian. A few facts about me:
I'm the subject librarian for History, Philosophy, and Government Documents at W&M
Before moving here, I was an assistant professor & librarian at Portland State University (Oregon), and before that was the History Librarian at Drew University in Madison NJ, where I was also on the History & Culture faculty. I began my library career as the research librarian to the North Dakota legislature in Bismarck ND - it was very, very cold.
In addition to a Library Science masters degree, I'm also trained as a historian (BA, MA, PhD), and my research interests are Anglo-American History, the history of 19th century cultural & intellectual life, and (my favorite topic!) the history of higher education.
I grew up in a farm town about an hour from Buffalo NY; my town was so small that learning to square dance & using snow shoes were part of the K-12 curriculum.
My publication areas have been the history of education, history of publishing, data management, and government information.
I hold regular office hours and invite students to make an appoint to visit me. Whether you're working on a large project or are having trouble finding a couple really tricky sources, I'm very happy to help.
Appointment can be in person, or via Zoom, or via phone - whichever makes you comfortable.
Need *immediate* help? Try the chat feature on the main page. It's staffed by a full time member of the library faculty during business hours. If the question is extremely complex they'll forward you to me, but if it's a fairly quick question, they'll be able to help right away. Fortunately, quite a few of the librarians have experience in historical research, so you're in great hands!
Have a quick question or having difficulty accessing a document, database, etc? Always feel free to email me directly. If the question is overly complex I may ask you to set up an appointment (in person or via Zoom, whichever you want). Always glad to hear from history scholars!