Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5353 USA
- Reference services
- ScholarWorks - institutional repository, Gender and Women's Studies liaison, Global and International Studies liaison, information literacy
- Baltic libraries and archives
Being born in New Jersey to Latvian parents led me to a life-long commitment to the Latvian diaspora community. At Cornell I was one of the founding members of the women’s volleyball team. I spent six years in Ohio as an activities therapist in a psych hospital, pharmacy technician and then opened a small bookstore in rural Southeastern Ohio. I moved to Kalamazoo in 1982 to work at the Latvian Studies Center, and in fifteen years created the largest Latvian library in the continent at that time. After Latvia regained its independence, the Latvian program and studies center closed and the library had to be disbursed. Eventually I became a faculty member at the WMU Libraries.
As a reference librarian, I have taught students to use library resources, have trained our reference student workers, and contributed to the libraries’ Web presence. I have been involved with assessment in the library and throughout the university. I was on the International Education Council for six years, the last two as chair, when we completed the American Council on Education Internationalization Laboratory for Western.
Recently I was given the opportunity to manage the university’s scholarly institutional repository – ScholarWorks at WMU and found that to be an interesting challenge to get the academic work of our faculty and students into this archive. My research focus has returned to my ethnic roots, where I have been visiting Baltic libraries and archives around the world for the Baltic Research Handbook (blog).