Stephen O. Murray and Keelung Hong Special Collections Staff
Leslie Van Veen McRoberts joined the MSU Libraries as the Head of the Stephen O. Murray and Keelung Hong Special Collections in 2019. Previously she was the Local History Archivist at the Edward H. Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History and Culture at Salisbury University, and as a Processing Archivist at both the Walter Reuther Library of Labor and Urban Affairs, and the Eastern Michigan University Archives. She is active in the archival and rare book communities with interests around collection development and organizational leadership. She has a Master of Science in Historic Preservation with a Historic Administration concentration from Eastern Michigan University (2008), a Master of Library and Information Science and a Graduate Certificate in Archival Administration from Wayne State University (2012).
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Joshua Barton joined MSU Libraries in 2007. He has served as Serials Catalog Librarian and Head of Copy Cataloging and currently serves as Head of Cataloging and Assistant Head of Technical Services at MSU Libraries. He is also the Zine Librarian for Stephen O. Murray and Keelung Hong Special Collections. He is active in the zine librarian and archivist community, with special interest in ethical issues in zine cataloging and collecting. He has an MSI with specializations in libraries and archives and a BA in Philosophy, both from the University of Michigan.
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Leslie Behm joined the MSU Libraries staff in 1978 as a Science Librarian. In 1982, she became Head of the Clinical Center Library and divided her time between there and the Science Library. In 1984 she became Head of the Veterinary Clinical Center Library and split her time between the two branch libraries.
In 2009, Leslie joined the staff of Stephen O. Murray and Keelung Hong Special Collections to work on special projects. She is responsible for Little Cookbooks: The Alan & Shirley Brocker Sliker Culinary Collection and the MSU Libraries' Archives. She received her Bachelor's degree in Biology from Heidelberg College (1976) and her MSLS from Case Western Reserve University (1977) with an emphasis on medical librarianship. She also has a MPH in Epidemiology from University of Michigan (1996) and a MS in Education from Capella University (2010).
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Tad Boehmer joined the MSU Libraries in September 2017 as Special Collections Cataloger within the Cataloging and Metadata Services unit. In November 2018, Tad became Curator of Rare Books in Stephen O. Murray and Keelung Hong Special Collections, where he continues his work as a cataloger. Before coming to MSU, Tad worked as a graduate assistant and project cataloger at the Rare Book & Manuscript Library at the University of Illinois. Tad holds a BA in Art History and Classics from Grinnell College. From the University of Illinois he received an MLS as well as an MA in Religious Studies. His research interests include the life and work of P.G. Wodehouse, and the publication and uses of almanacs from the 15th century to the present.
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Devon Davidoski started working at the MSU Libraries in 2011 as a student employee for the Fine Arts Library. After receiving her BA in History in 2013 and completing the MSU College of Education program in 2014, she continued working in the library as a temporary staff with Circulation. In 2015 she was hired as a Library Assistant in Acquisitions. There she continued to learn more about academic libraries and discovered her love of information science and literacy. In 2019, she received her MSLIS from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. In 2021, Devon began working as the Special Collections Operations Manager for the Murray & Hong Special Collections.
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Ruth Ann’s professional interests include teaching with primary sources, innovative outreach, and issues around decolonizing special collections and archives. Areas of the collection she works with most frequently include Radicalism, Popular Culture, LGBTQ+ Studies and Ethnic Studies. Ruth Ann has an MS in Library and Information Science and a certificate in Special Collections Librarianship, both from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and recently completed training to become a facilitator of Visual Thinking Strategies conversations. Ruth Ann joined the MSU Libraries in 1990, and joined the Stephen O. Murray and Keelung Hong Special Collections in 2015. Previously at MSU she was a reference librarian, digital production manager, and cataloger.
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Eli Landaverde joined Special Collections in 2016 to assist processing archival and manuscript collections, and became the curator for the LGBTQ+ collection in 2018. Their collection responsibilities include building, processing, and promoting the LGBTQ+ collection. As part of their role in Special Collections they support research by assisting with reference queries, and material needed for course instruction.
Prior to joining MSU, Eli worked at the Oriental Institute in Chicago, and the Center for Research Libraries. They also spent time volunteering at photography archives, first at the Penn Museum Archives in Philadelphia, and later at the Oriental Institute’s Research Archives. Eli received their MLIS degree from Drexel University and Bachelor’s degree in East Asian Studies from Bryn Mawr College.
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Jason Larsen joined the Stephen O. Murray and Keelung Hong Special Collections in 2023 as the Comics Studies Librarian. He has worked in the Comic Art Collection since 2021, starting as a practicum student, then graduate assistant, and finally as an on-call staff. Additionally, he worked as a graduate assistant and then academic help at the University of Illinois – Urbana Champaign Library’s Global Popular Culture comics collection.
He is active in the academic comics librarian community and considered one of the pioneers in establishing crowdfunded comics collections in academic libraries. His research interests are crowdfunded comics, academic comics library sustainability, collection development, and outreach/instruction. He earned his BA in Marketing from Michigan State University and his MSLIS from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (2022).
Andrew Lundeen joined the MSU Libraries in 2013, working part-time in Special Collections before taking a full-time position with the Turfgrass Information Center in 2015. In August 2020, he rejoined Stephen O. Murray and Keelung Hong Special Collections as Digital Projects Librarian, while maintaining a secondary appointment in TIC.
Andrew received his Master of Science in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, with a focus in Data Curation and Special Collections Librarianship. Andrew also earned a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon, with minors in Philosophy and Classical Studies.
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She leads and supports efforts to preserve both analog and digital media within the Library as well as develop policy around digital preservation. She received her MSI from the University of Michigan’s School of Information. After school she was the Registrar at an international audiovisual digitization vendor. Her interests include digital preservation advocacy, magnetic tape care, and ethics in preservation.
Andrea McMillan joined the Stephen O. Murray and Keelung Hong Special Collections in 2019 as the Chicanx & Latinx Studies Librarian. Her work focuses on curating the César Chávez browsing collection, the Stephen O. Murray and Keelung Hong Special Collections Latino Collection, and the José F. Treviño Chicano/Latino Activism archival collection. She is Core Faculty in the Chicano & Latino Studies Program and serves as the faculty representative for the Chicanx/Latinx Association (ChiLA) on campus. Andrea earned her BA in English from Michigan State University (2012), and MLIS from Wayne State University (2018).
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Garrett Sumner joined MSU Libraries in 2019 as the Conservation Librarian and is responsible for the conservation of materials from the Stephen O. Murray & Keelung Hong Special Collections and University Archives and Historical Collections. He holds a MA Conservation Studies from West Dean College (UK) with a specialization in Books and Library Materials. He is available for interpretation of material evidence from the collections. Additionally, he serves as Curator of the Radicalism Collection, and is available for reference questions and classroom instruction with this collection.
Dayna has worked at the Libraries since 2013, when she started in the Wallace Conservation Lab. She has an English degree from MSU and is currently pursuing the BA-MA program in Philosophy. Her academic interests are in epistemology and distrust. Her particular Special Collections interests are the Radicalism collection and materials related to the 1990s. Dayna assists with outreach and curates exhibits. She is the acting student supervisor and welcomes contact from students seeking employment.
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