About Me

The short version

I work with books and paper artifacts and I think about why they look/survive/act the way they do. Most of the time I am the full-time Executive Director of the Bibliographical Society of America, the oldest scholarly society in North America dedicated to the study of books and manuscripts as physical objects. The rest of the time, I work with Robert M. Rubin's collection of screenplays and provide research assistance people making movies.

 

A librarian by training, I have worked library and private collections of rare materials in New York City and elsewhere since 2008. The Harry Ransom Center, Rare Book School at the University of Virginia, and the Bibliographical Society of the UK have supported by research and training with fellowships. I've published in Printing History, Atlas Obscura, the Journal of the History of Ideas Blog, and in Information: A Historical Companion (Princeton University Press, 2021).

A Little Bit More...

I graduated from Middlebury College with a BA in the History of Art and Architecture in 2007, and hold an MLIS from the Palmer School of Information Science with a concentration in rare book librarianship. From 2008 to 2016 I worked at Columbia University's Avery Art & Architectural Library's Classics Collection and then at the New York Society Library (NYSL) as Special Collections Librarian. At the NYSL I lead a project to redesign and launch City Readers, a digital humanities tool for the study of reading and readers at the Library, New York City's oldest cultural institution founded in 1754. I am now pursuing a Masters in Literature from the Bread Loaf School of English in Ripton, Vermont.

 

In 2016 I started my own business as an independent consultant to institutional and private collections. I am no longer taking new clients, but I continue to work exclusively with Robert M. Rubin's collection of screenplays and other cinematic "exformation".

 

I also work as a researcher in feature film production, specializing in finding source imagery for production design, especially in the areas of historic graphic and interior design and architecture. This includes early digital interface design: most recently I researched digital interfaces from the late 2010s for the film She Said. I am also available to work with screenwriters seeking help with thorny research questions.

My own research focuses on the printerly labor of the secretaries and typists who produced screenplays in 20th century Hollywood movie studios. I also collect Whole Earth Catalogs and what I call its "offspring" – books put together following instructions printed in the last Catalog, or otherwise published by and for people living in rural areas and on communes in the latter half of the 20th century.

I have been awarded fellowships by the Bibliographical Society (UK), Rare Book School, and the Harry Ransom Center. I have also taught at Rare Book School and guest lectured at the Pratt Institute's Information School.

 

Please see my LinkedIn profile and my CV for more information about my professional experience.

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