Project Associate Cassie Brand found her love for rare books while studying as an undergraduate at Goucher College. She began work in Special Collections and Archives in the Julia Rogers library during her sophomore year and has continued working with the collections since then. She has completed internships in the Rare Book and Special Collections division of the Library of Congress and at the Folger Shakespeare Library. Her passions lie in book history, descriptive bibliography and creating organization and access to share books with others. After the grant project, Cassie hopes to complete a masters in library sciences to become a rare book librarian.

Special Collections Project Librarian Kenneth Giese was assistant to director Terry Belanger at Rare Book School (RBS) at the University of Virginia when love and fatherhood prompted his move to Maryland in March 2009. He completed his master’s degree in librarianship with a specialization in rare books and special collections at the Palmer School, Long Island University. A graduate of Temple University, he spent the gilded age in New York City processing hidden rare book and archival collections at the Juilliard School, the New York Public Library rare books division, and the New York Law Institute. As Terry’s teaching assistant at RBS, he developed a special interest in book illustration processes and the history of the printed book. He is an active member of ALA’s Rare Books and Manuscripts Section (RBMS), and looks to promote closer ties between rare book librarians, archivists, and antiquarian booksellers.

Special Collections Cataloger Allison Jai O’Dell is a graduate of the University of Maryland, with bachelor’s degrees in ancient history and classical languages.  Allison fell into the field of special collections librarianship while looking for a career that would make use of a passion for historical inquiry and also accommodate her life-long love of books.  She is finishing her master’s of library science in 2009.  Most recently, Allison held the position as cataloger for the Carmelitana Collection in Washington, D.C., applying current bibliographical standards to convert the card catalog of the collection to an online platform.  She is excited about the use of 21st century technologies to provide access to historical materials.


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