How long have you been at SMCM?
Since March 2013.
What path led you to St. Mary’s?
I was looking to return to a smaller school so that I could once again be a “lone arranger,” which is the official term in the archives world for somebody that works in a small unit. I have been interested in colonial history for many years and the history of the Monument School is fascinating. After meeting the friendly people at St. Mary’s I was hooked!
What do you do by day?
As archivist, I process and describe the materials, help other people find the materials, and strive to make them discoverable. I am also a librarian, and assist with the information literacy mission of the library and school. Sometimes people say to me, “it must be fun to look at old stuff all day,” but the reality is that it is more involved than that. But, I have to admit, it really is as fun as it sounds to look at old stuff for some of the work days.
What do you do with your evenings/weekends?
I am a fan of music and the outdoors.
What is your favorite off-campus lunch spot?
What would colleagues be surprised to find out about you?
I collect musical instruments. My favorites are a charango and a bowed psaltery.
What is the most interesting/surprising job you’ve ever had?
I once worked as a Master Control Operator for the nation’s smallest NBC affiliate. This included running outside and clearing snowdrifts off of satellites in between commercial breaks. If you were in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan or Northeast Wisconsin circa 1999 and saw accidental color bars during Days of Our Lives, you might have seen my handiwork.