M.L.S., University of Arizona, 2003
M.A., University of California Berkeley, 1999
B.A., Brigham Young University, 1995
Before taking on the position of Curator of the John M. Echols Collection on Southeast Asia I worked at Northern Illinois
University Libraries in a similar position as Curator of the Donn V. Hart Southeast Asia Collection. Prior to my time at NIU,
I worked at Arizona State University Libraries as the Southeast Asia Bibliographer while attending the University of Arizona's
School of Information Resources and Library Science. My graduation in December 2003 added the MLS degree to a previous MA in
Asian Studies from the University of California at Berkeley (1999) and a BA in History and Asian Studies from Brigham Young
University in Provo, Utah (1995).
My research revolves around the history and culture of the Lao people in Laos and Thailand. Spinning off from that focal
point, I enjoy doing comparative work on the history, peoples, cultures and languages of mainland Southeast Asia. My latest
research examines people's ability to access and utilize information in the Lao P.D.R. I have created a documentary video about
the city of Vientiane, Laos using various sites in the city to comment on the flow of history and culture in the city and country.
I have also played a key role in developing the Southeast Asia Digital Library, a collaborative project involving the Southeast
Asia library collections around the country and numerous international partners.