I am the Rare Books Curator at Kennesaw State University, where I work with the amazing materials housed in the Bentley Rare Book Museum. I engage in all aspects of running the museum, including acquisitions, curating exhibits, building outreach programs, teaching classes using our materials, collections maintenance, and more. I live in southside Atlanta, where I spend a lot of my time gardening, cooking, and getting outdoors when I’m not traveling or out in the community.
I received my doctorate in Information Studies from Florida State University. Most of my research focuses on how changes occur in various contexts, although I have other projects I engage in just for fun that have nothing to do with my formal research (calligraphy, cooking, food preservation, painting/drawing, and travel to name a few).
My research has increasingly focused on historical subjects, and this usually involves looking at a library in the first half of the 20th century and describing how it engaged with change (internally and externally). I also have done some theory testing and theory building, which you can learn more about here and here. I do research on culinary history, studying English cookery and household manuals and their relationship to readers and food culture of today.
I also am conducting research on non-historical topics, including social media (the ‘change’ component of that comes in by seeing how people use social media in times of change and uncertainty, like political uprisings and natural disasters), and information seeking behavior (I am a part of a theory building project to model the information seeking behaviors of sexual assault survivors so we can provide information in the ways they need during the healing process). Finally, in keeping with the theory use/testing, I am a part of a group called 3 Js and a G, where we engaged in collaborative theory work on three very separate dissertation projects.
For other aspects of my professional life, I develop exhibits and engage in outreach related to the Bentley, and also engage in many other aspects of caring for and building our collections (cataloging, acquisitions, plans for care and cleaning, etc.) It’s a lot of fun to have so many different things to do!
I also love teaching, and feel incredibly fortunate to regularly work with amazing and inspiring students and colleagues. I get really excited about the work I’m doing, and equally excited to hear about others’ thoughts and projects, so please feel free to contact me! At the moment, I’m trying to build connections with departments at Kennesaw and beyond, and with Atlanta-area institutions of all stripes (our collections are diverse enough to support programming in a ton of fields). So if you have an idea, definitely get in touch!
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