Olivia is our new Reference Coordinator. She will be responsible for managing our reference desk as well as assessing how we can best orient new researchers to our reading room.
Olivia has a history and political science degree from the University of Iowa. In her senior year, she took a library research class designed for history students. The librarian who taught the course suggested that Olivia look into library school after graduation. Olivia followed that advice all the way to the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. While in graduate school, she worked and volunteered in the History, Philosophy, Newspaper Library working on digital humanities projects. She also worked at the Illinois Fire Service Institute Library, which provided reference help and information for Illinois firefighters in training.
After graduating with her Master of Library Science (MLS), Olivia worked at the public library in Boone as the Adult Services Coordinator and jack-of-all-trades. She is very excited to be the Reference Coordinator in Special Collections and University Archives at Iowa State University. She has a passion for helping people find information sources they may never have known existed, and the archives is a perfect place to do just that.
While Olivia is of course a fan of books, you may be surprised to know that she is unashamed of her love of all things Real Housewives (Beverly Hills and Orange County are favorites, but really, any city will do). She also spent the summer between her years in graduate school keeping a blog where she reviewed romance books that featured librarians as main characters.