I have spent most of my professional career as a special collections librarian, having held reference and curatorial positions at the University of Notre Dame, where I also earned my doctorate, prior to my appointments as director of special collections at Syracuse University and later at the University of Virginia. I hold a Master of Information Science degree from Indiana University.
On September 2, 2014, I began my new appointment at Boston College as Burns Librarian and associate university librarian for special collections. My responsibilities include directing the John J. Burns Library for Rare Books & Special Collections and University Archives and contributing to the overall management of the Boston College University Libraries.
For the previous six years, I worked with Atlas Systems, a Virginia-based library software development company, to develop and promote Aeon, the premier online user request workflow management system for special collections and archives. Aeon facilitates and enhances researchers’ experience of special collections by extending the context of their relationship with libraries and archives and their engagement with their services to the online environment.
I have held leadership roles and remain actively involved in several professional organizations, particularly the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section of the Association of College and Research Libraries, a division of the American Library Association. I am also a member of the Bibliographical Society of America, Society of the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing (SHARP), the American Printing History Association (APHA), and other academic and bibliophilic societies. Since May 2014, I have been serving as Secretary and Librarian for the Dante Society of America.
My primary research interests relate to the history of libraries and collecting. My most recent publications and presentations concern the formation of institutional collections relating to Dante Alighieri and the Divine Comedy and their role in the reception of Italian literature in the United States. I have also recently edited my dissertation on the reception of phenomenology in French philosophy and religious thought for the Phaenomenologica series published by Springer under the auspices of the Husserl Archives in Louvain. In addition, I publish and present regularly on a variety of topics pertaining to the management of special collections libraries and archives.
Other interests and projects are reflected in the listing of my books, papers, talks, and presentations as well as in my curriculum vitae. I invite you to contact me about any interests we share in common.