Welcome to Conversant, the new blog for the Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum.
Contributors include Sidney Berger, The Ann C. Pingree Director; Ruth M. Stewart, Head Catalog Librarian; Barbara Pero Kampas, Head of Library Collections; and Tamara Gaydos, NHPRC Grant Project Manager and Manuscript Processor. Each contributor will highlight special items in the library collection, identify recently processed manuscript collections and update patrons about the current library renovation project.
We invite your participation and look forward to many interesting conversations. You can also follow us on Twitter @PEMLibrary for updates on the renovation and additional insight into our collections.
The Ann C. Pingree Director of the Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum
Sidney Berger’s Ph.D. is from the University of Iowa, in Medieval English Literature and Bibliography. His MS in Library and Information Science is from the University of Illinois, Champaign/Urbana. He has been curator of printed books and curator of manuscripts at the American Antiquarian Society, head of special collections and university archivist at the University of California, Riverside, director of the California Center for the Book, and a professor in English, communications, and library and information science. He has published widely on literary and bibliographic topics, and he was editor for six years of Rare Books & Manuscripts Librarianship. He worked for six years at the University of Iowa Center for Textual Studies, preparing editions of the works of Mark Twain. He continues to publish and give lectures and workshops on many library and bibliographical topics.
Barbara Pero Kampas
Head of Library Collections
Barbara Pero Kampas has worked at the Phillips Library since 2006 and is currently the head of library collections. She holds a B.S. from Cornell University and an M.L.I.S. from the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Simmons College. Kampas’ role is to steward the library collection, develop digital initiatives and work on special projects within the library and with museum curators. An avid quilter, Kampas researches the collection for design ideas; for a quilt displayed at the New England Quilt Museum, she incorporated writings from The Lowell Offering onto the quilt created to honor the city of Lowell, MA. She is the voice of @PEMLibrary on Twitter and is the author of The Great Salem Fire of 1914: Images from the Phillips Library Collection.
NHPRC Grant Project Manager and Manuscript Processor
Tamara Gaydos has served as the manuscript processor at the Phillips Library since 2007. She holds a B.S. in Russian from Georgetown University and an M.L.I.S. from Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science. She is an active member of the New England Archivists and Society of American Archivists. Her archival career includes work done at the Beverly (Mass.) Historical Society, Steven Phillips Memorial Trust House and Northeastern University. She successfully manages a busy internship program with Simmons College GSLIS interns and is the grant project manager for the National Historical Publications and Records Commission
Ruth M. Stewart
Head Catalog Librarian and Voyager System Administrator
Ruth Stewart is a former musician and maker of stringed instruments. She has worked at the Peabody Essex Museum since 1994 and has been in her current position as head catalog librarian since 1999. She has been administrator of the Voyager System since 2003. Her love of fine music, fine books and treasures comes together at PEM. Some of the challenging and interesting aspects of her work include cataloging materials from various cultures, including those in Asian languages, as well as the wonderful range of subject matter in the Phillips Library collection. Stewart’s education, at Western Michigan University, is primarily in music, piano and cello. She worked in the Music Library there. Stewart also completed the String Instrument Making and Repair program at the North Bennet Street School in Boston.