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Director of Academy Research, Information, and Library Services
Mike split time in New York and Connecticut as a youngster, and headed west before the eastern snow stopped falling. After completing his undergrad at the University of San Diego with a degree in literature, he thought it might be fun to do some math for a while and became an equities and derivatives trader during the dot-com boom.
Inspired by the way digital information was changing that industry (and everything else) he decided to learn more about it and went back to graduate school to get his Masters in Library and Information Science. After working in the Harvard libraries for almost a decade, Mike came to Phillips Academy as the Director of Institutional Research. This summer Mike began his new role at the library. He’s psyched!
Associate Director of the Library
Michael came to us from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, John G. Wolbach Library, where he worked with senior scientists, postdocs, fellows, and college students. Prior to this he worked in major corporate, hospital, large academic, medical, public, science, and several business libraries. The common thread for his career is research and instruction in the sciences.
Originally from Florida, Michael received a BS degree in biology from Eckerd College and an MLS degree from Emory University. He has explored many of the backwoods and swamps of the South and hiked many of the trails in the area, classifying and photographing indigenous ferns, orchids, birds, and animals while encountering many insects, mammals, and reptiles along the way. When he is not admiring and learning about our natural world you might find him fishing, or in used bookstores or on the dance floor.
He is the Library Liaison to courses in Athletics, Computer Sciences, Economics, History, Mathematics, Music, and the Sciences.
Manager of Access Services and Film & Reserves Librarian
Celeste has worked in the library for over 25 years and in the early years was a stay at home mom that proctored 2 nights a week. As her family grew, so did she. She eventually became a part time circulation assistant which eventually became full time, which led into her management position.
In addition to the day-to-day operational management of Access Services, Celeste oversees The Class of ’99 Film Collection, which was a gift from the Class of ’99. Celeste also enjoys traveling and spending time with her family and friends.
Archivist and Head of Special Collections
Paige Roberts grew up in Amherst, New Hampshire and attended Bates College where she majored in Political Science. Satisfying a lifelong interest in public history, she earned a doctorate in American Studies at George Washington University specializing in New England history, material culture, and architectural history.
Paige has worked at several history museums, historical societies, and archives in New England including Immigrant City Archives (now Lawrence History Center), Springfield College, and, most recently, the State Library of Massachusetts where she was Head of Special Collections. She received her library degree (with an archives management concentration) from Simmons College. She is particularly interested in teaching with primary sources as well as using new technologies to enhance access to archives and special collections.
Since 1994 Paige has lived in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, where she has served on the boards of several nonprofit organizations including Strawbery Banke Museum’s National Council. In addition to a passion for history and archives, she has a deep commitment to public service and enthusiasm for the built environment. Paige has been a member of the Portsmouth Planning Board overseeing the city’s land use development, master plan, and capital improvement projects for more than ten years.
In her free time, she also enjoys swimming and hiking year round in New Hampshire’s White Mountains.
Programming and Digital Content Producer
Derek is from east Tennessee and Jamaica Plain. He has degrees, like the rest of
the species: BA/MTS/MAT. He worked for the Harvard Divinity School Library as a graduate student and enjoyed the work so much that he kept working for the Harvard Library system after graduating. He likes taking photos of mushrooms, tiny plants, and cats.
He thinks Michael Hurley’s “The Vt.-Ore Floor” is the greatest blues song ever. In his spare time he reads, listens to Hurley, obsesses about the Boston Celtics, and watches a film or two. He is excited about helping his coworkers make the OWHL an even better community space.
Circulation Librarian and Evening Proctor
Amy is a Massachusetts resident. She received her BA English from Framingham State College. Amy joined the library after years in corporate sales and customer support. In the library, Amy is part of the Access Services team.
Outside the library, Amy enjoys golf, coaching youth soccer and throughout the year you may even catch her at Phillips Academy Harrison Rink joining in one of the many academy Adult Hockey programs as a goalie. Amy also enjoys her many adventures with her husband and their two children.
Children’s and Access Services Librarian
Emily has lived almost all her life in New England, bouncing between Massachusetts and Connecticut. She received a BA in History and Sociology from the University of Connecticut in 2005, her Master’s in Library Science from Southern Connecticut State University in 2013. Emily spends most of her time at the Circulation Desk, but tends to *literally* run back and forth between the desk and the Children’s Area.
As the Children’s Librarian, Emily is in charge of collection development for the Children’s, Tween, Young Adult, and Graphic Novel sections. She also designs programs and events for the young children of PA’s faculty and staff.
Outside the library, Emily loves reading, watching college basketball, baseball and football, exercising and being an unofficial wedding coordinator.
Bob joined the Oliver Wendell Holmes Library as a proctor in March, 2006. He grew up in suburban Boston, received an MBA degree from Babson College in 1979 and embarked upon a lengthy career at Verizon Communications. While with Verizon, he worked in cost accounting, finance and marketing. Not much of a background for library work, but oh well.
Bob lives nearby with his wife and daughter. He enjoys his time as a dad, on the golf course, exercising, reading and, of course, spending evenings with the amazing staff and students at OWHL!
Circulation Librarian and Evening Proctor
Stephanie recently joined the OWHL in the dual role of evening proctor and Sunday circulation librarian. Stephanie honed her customer service skills by working in higher education (Northeastern and Tufts universities) as a human resources professional for the past eight years. She is a creative, thoughtful, well-organized problem solver who is enthusiastic about the opportunity to support Andover students. Stephanie sailed through her training on our library automation system, and now is flying solo on the circulation desk every other Sunday. You also can find her in the OWHL on Tuesday and Thursday evenings as part of our proctor team.
Makerspace Coordinator and Library Experience Designer
Claudia is a native of Williamsport, Pennsylvania. She received her BFA in Illustration and a minor in Art History from Rochester Institute of Technology. However, her love of art, creating, and books began much earlier in her life. One of her favorite hobbies as a child was illustrating books for her family. As a teenager, Claudia got her first glimpse into the maker revolution as a participant in Odyssey of the Mind, where she worked on a team to create machines, vehicles, props, and costumes to creatively solve long-term problems. She went on to place 2nd and 3rd at the world level competition. This experience cemented her desire to pursue a life filled with creativity and curiosity.
Claudia coordinates all aspects of the OWHL’s Makerspace, The Nest, from equipment to programs to big-time projects. She also oversees the design of the OWHL, making sure that visitors feel engaged and empowered as soon as they walk in the door, whether online or in person.
In her spare time, she paints colorful watercolor and digital illustrations, plays with her goofy sidekick, Cedar the Vizsla, and explores New England with her husband.
Research and Instructional Design Librarian
Shawna grew up in a city right outside of Boston. She received her BA in History from Regis College, her MLIS from Simmons College, and is currently finishing her MEd from Rivier University.
Shawna found her love for working in libraries while working at the Massachusetts State Library during her undergraduate degree. She soon found her passion for teaching and education during her MLIS and focused on teaching college students new research skills for the next seven years.
In her spare time Shawna enjoys traveling and exploring with her husband, playing with her pup Olive, and of course reading a good book.
Shawna is the Library Liaison to the areas of Art, History, Popular Culture, and Religion and Philosophy.
Research and Instructional Design Librarian
Liza grew up in the great state of Texas amongst a great many books but a rather paltry number of cows. She majored in Art History and Advertising at Southern Methodist University and went on to work in the education departments at the Meadows Museum and the Dallas Museum of Art.
After a couple years in art education, Liza decided to mosey on north and received her Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from Pratt Institute in New York City. Since deciding to make libraries and information-seeking her primary vocation, she has worked at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Columbia Law School, and EBSCO Information Services.
Liza is the Library Liaison to the History, Psychology, and Theatre & Dance Departments.
Research and Instructional Librarian
Sharon appreciates the OWHL’s mission as a teaching library and believes that this is the best use of her past library and teaching experience. She received her MLS degree from University of Maryland. Currently, she is working as the library liaison to the World Languages Division and the international students of Phillips Academy.
Besides working as an ESL and Chinese Language Teacher in her career, Sharon has many years of librarian experience at various types of libraries, such as an academic librarian for the Northeastern University and Middlesex Community College, Corporate librarian for Tyco Electronics, a global high-tech company with a large engineer’s community where she successfully initiated and managed an automation project by converting the card catalog to a web-based system. She also worked at public libraries in both New York City and Greater Boston area. During the graduate school, she did her internship at the Asian Division of the Library of Congress.
In addition to her regular job, Sharon has also been active in teaching Chinese Language at both Sunday Chinese language school and summer sessions on the campus of PA.
Sharon’s life is quite full and colorful. She loves to travel and has traveled to many places around the United States as well as many cities in Europe. In the meantime, she seeks daily life balance by studying and teaching Taichi chuan in local communities. She loves this mindful exercise and appreciates the philosophy behind Taichi. Additionally, she enjoys gardening and singing with local chorus groups.
Sharon is the Library Liaison to the areas of Classics, World Languages and Global Studies.
Linda has deep connections to the Academy both as a parent of Andover alumni and as a former employee of the theatre department and the library. She currently works full time as a librarian and English teacher at the Pike School, and so is uniquely positioned to help us anticipate the needs of our younger students. She already has been spotted and greeted warmly by many of “her” former Pike students who are now at PA.
Linda’s other professional endeavors include working as an editor and proofreader, so she is well qualified to support students in all aspects of the research process. You can find Linda in the OWHL on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday evenings.
Instructional Librarian and Head of Technical Services
Mrs. Tompkins lives in Andover with her husband and two young daughters. After completing a Master’s degree in Education for Library Media Studies, she made a career change from the finance field to pursue her passion for all things related to words, books, and literature. She finds searching for information to be an adventure, much like a treasure hunt.
Other interests include art, photography, jazz music, old movies, ice-skating, and most recently, bird watching. She received a bird feeder as a gift, and now enjoys trying to identify our feathered friends indigenous to the area. She has been delighted with the collection of owls and other birds in the OWH Library that won’t fly away!
Beth is the Library Liaison to the Brace Center for Gender Studies, the office of Community and Multi-Cultural Development, and the English Department.
Assistant Director of Institutional Research
Gosia comes to us from Harvard University, where she was the Knowledge and Information Programs Strategist and co-leader of the Library Strategy Development Program. She previously worked as a strategy analyst for Harvard Business School’s Knowledge and Library Services. Her work in digital humanities is dedicated to the late Professor Stanislaw Baranczak with whom she studied Slavic poetry at Harvard.
Gosia holds an M.Phil. in history of philosophy from Katolicki Uniwersytet Lubelski (Poland), an M.A. in philosophy from Columbia University, and an M.S. in Information Science from Simmons College.
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