A labor of love — and over a decade of research! I started this web site and blog in September 2011, a reincarnation and expansion of a prior web site I had begun while at University of Wisconsin-Platteville. With this blog, I dig into portrayals of librarians in film — which run into the hundreds, or even thousands if you count TV shows, documentaries, shorts, etc. — and what those portrayals mean. I run the site through WordPress. This blog is so much fun, as it combines both my personal and professional loves. I grew up on movies — the classics with classic movie stars, like Errol Flynn, Bette Davis, and Jimmy Stewart — so this is a perfect fit. Every week, I’m jotting down ideas. And yes, I have lost count of how many times I’ve mimicked Amy Adams in Julie & Julia: ”I could blog about that!”
I have been an active member of the Jane Austen Society of North America (JASNA) for quite a while — another activity my mother and I share! After returning to the U.S. after living in the U.A.E. from 2008-2011, I joined JASNA again, this time with the Oregon & SW Washington Region. This chapter’s members hosted the 2010 JASNA Annual General Meeting (AGM), which was located in Portland. It’s fun to share a common love and have spirited discussions about Austen’s works and life — we’re a pretty active group. After volunteering to be their new web manager, I built a new site for the region through Weebly.
Since 2008, I have served as web manager for the Franklin County Genealogical Society, located in Mt. Vernon, Texas. My mom is the Society’s secretary. I continued this fun and fulfilling job even while working overseas. In Fall 2010, I built a new site through Joomla and helped transfer us over to a private domain, earning our Society 2nd place in the Texas State Genealogical Society Web Site Awards at their 2011 Conference.