A number of new staff joined the Smithsonian Libraries in the past year (and we’re so happy to have them!). Meet the new team members who came on board in 2017:
Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology
Hometown: Gaithersburg, Maryland
Favorite book: Notes from Underground by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Fun facts: Won “Most Likely to Rule a Dictatorship” in high school.
Digital Programs and Initiatives
Hometown: Dillon, South Carolina
Favorite book: If we go off of how many times I’ve reread it, probably the Harry Potter series.
Fun facts: My family is from South Carolina, but I never stayed there for long. My dad was in the military, so we traveled a lot. I lived in Egypt for two years and South Korea and Greece for three years. I graduated in Athens. I’ve spent the last six years in South Dakota, where I went to college.
Management Support Specialist
Hometown: Born in Baltimore, Maryland and raised in Suffolk, Virginia
Favorite book: I enjoy reading bios; some of my favorite are: Dreams from My Father and The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama, and Extraordinary Ordinary People by Condoleezza Rice.
Fun facts: I’ve been weekend warrior with the Maryland Army National Guard for 18 years. I like afternoon jogs after work on the National Mall and around the monuments and downtown D.C. attractions. I enjoy participating in various running events that give out the bling (medals) at the end of the each race.
National Museum of African American History and Culture
Hometown: Washington, D.C.
Favorite book: 1984 by George Orwell and The Giver by Lois Lowry
Fun facts: I lived in Myrtle Beach for a year and consider it home. In my free time I like to read and sometimes write. I think that I was a young adult fiction writer in a past life.
Vine Deloria, Jr. Library, National Museum of the American Indian and Smithsonian Libraries Research Annex
Hometown: Baltimore, Maryland
Favorite book: The Ralph Steadman illustrated edition of Animal Farm by George Orwell.
Fun facts: In my night life I’m a theater professional. I produce, dramaturg, develop, write, criticize, and, yes, sometimes even act in theatrical productions. Most of my free time right now is occupied by my 3 month old daughter, Beatrice.
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Library
Hometown: Bronx, New York
Favorite book: Grimm’s Fairy Tales by Brothers Grimm
Fun facts: I love to travel and learn new things! I lived and studied in Florence, Italy for a year for my second master’s degree, am a native New Yorker, and currently work part-time as a curatorial assistant at the Montclair Art Museum in New Jersey. I love going to exhibits and visiting museums and libraries. I enjoy playing video games, (currently playing the Nintendo Switch!), to read, travel, and have fun and exciting experiences. I am the proud aunt of six-month old twin girls, Elena and Emily, and of a one year old boy, Benicio.
Project Manager, Field Notebook Digitization Projects
Biodiversity Heritage Library
Hometown: Germantown, Maryland
Favorite book: A tie between The Queen’s Gambit by Walter Tevis and The Boy Detective Fails by Joe Meno
Fun facts: I am currently playing in four RPG campaigns and running a particularly spooky one. In the pockets of free time left over, I bake, craft, read and review comics, and plan Halloween costumes.
Joseph F. Cullman 3rd Library of Natural History
Hometown: Wichita, Kansas
Favorite book: Too many! I’m quite partial to the 12th century Hunterian Psalter manuscript, but if we’re talking modern books… I think I’ll go with Douglas Adams’ Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.
Fun facts: I only recently moved back to the States after several years of living in the UK, and I still call French fries “chips” accidentally sometimes. My favorite color is robin’s egg blue, and my hair is often pink. I carry a bag of birdseed with me so I can feed the sparrows on my way to work.
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Library
Hometown: Born in Ottawa, Canada to British parents; immigrated to the States at age 6; and raised mainly in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and Norfolk, Virginia.
Favorite book: Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
Fun facts: My librarian origin story? Watching the cult classic Party Girl.
American Art and Portrait Gallery Library
Hometown: I was born in Washington, D.C. and lived there up until twelve years ago when I moved to Maryland.
Favorite book: My favorite book is Hope for the Flowers by Trina Paulus. It’s considered a children’s book, but the message is for any one at any age.
Fun fact: I am a collector. My biggest collection is books – I own about 3,000 of them. I also collect ceramic masks, figurines (angels and ballerinas), lighthouses, stamps, comic books, trading cards, and images for that day in the future when I will have time to create collages.
Hometown: Kansas City, Missouri
Favorite book: The Harry Potter Series
Fun facts: I make delicious whole wheat maple chocolate chip cookies.