I graduated from Western with a BA in History in 1996 and completed the coursework for my MA in History with a Certificate in Archives & Records Management (ABT) between 1996-1998. I am currently a public librarian managing a branch of the Mid-Continent Public Library. I have spent time as a Research & Instruction Librarian and Assistant Professor, at Murray State University, KY, where I was the liaison to the Departments of History, Sociology, Political Science, and Psychology. I was also the Government Documents librarian, and spent over a year as the interim University Archivist.
My degree laid a foundation for my love of research, and those first couple of deep delves into census materials has cumulated into an ability to decipher the information needed when conducting the quantitative studies I wrote about for publication while pursuing tenure. A whole world of data science has opened up, and I have jumped in with both feet using the foundation built within my history classes at Western. I find that the ability to decipher census results are just as important in this role as it was prior because it helps me to better understand the community I serve and to provide them with the services they need.