She received her master’s degree in Library Science (MLS), with a concentration in E-Government, from the University of Maryland; the iSchool’s first online MLS cohort funded by a Laura Bush 21st Century Library Program grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Science (IMLS).
Before coming to LSU, Michelle was a Government Documents Library Technician at West Chester University of Pennsylvania (WCU), located outside of Philadelphia, PA, where she provided technical and public services for government documents. She also provided reference assistance on Government Information Online (GIO), a free online information service supported by government information librarians.
Coming to LSU gives Michelle a unique opportunity to serve as a Government Documents Librarian at a regional depository library, which has a comprehensive federal government documents collection.
Michelle regularly attends the Federal Depository Library Conference in Arlington, VA, and she has participated in The American Library Association’s (ALA) 2011 National Library Legislation Day in Washington, DC. She has presented and participated in Government Documents sessions at the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Library Conferences (SSHELCO), and is a member on ALA’s Committee on Legislation (COL) E-Government Services Subcommittee.
At LSU, Michelle hopes to collaborate on document collection maintenance projects, lead documents digitalization efforts, and expand our department’s outreach initiatives. She also plans to get involved in the state-level Government Documents community including the Louisiana Library Association’s (LLA) Government Documents Roundtable (GODORT). Finally, she is interested in researching the role of e-government in academic libraries.
In her free time, she enjoys bowling, and competed on the Women’s Bowling Team as an undergraduate at Penn State University. She also likes visiting museums and discovering historical places.