Thursday, March 23, 2017

A brief history of the Crunden Branch Library

Last summer I took an American Library History course and researched the Crunden Branch Library of the St. Louis Public Library system. I was personally interested in the library because it is located next to the abandoned site of the former Pruitt-Igoe housing projects in St. Louis, and I bike by the site all the time. I noticed the building, now abandoned, but still with the name chiseled in stone over the doorway, and wondered if the library had served Pruitt-Igoe. In doing basic research, I learned that that building was actually the second iteration of the branch, and that the first Crunden Branch Library was a Carnegie library from 1909. I found the story interesting and wrote it into a paper, which I then adapted for a presentation at the Missouri Conference on History and finally into a paper for publication by Missouri Historical Review (forthcoming).

Friday, August 28, 2015

Documenting Ferguson: Building a community digital repository

Presented at Washington University in St. Louis on August 13, 2015. The August 2014 shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, along with other recent police-involved shootings around the country have inspired demonstrations, conversation, debate and calls for systemic change in our society. Soon after Brown’s shooting, Washington University Libraries and other St. Louis cultural heritage institutions established a repository to document events in or inspired by Ferguson. Appropriately named Documenting Ferguson, this community-sourced open repository now has more than 1,500 files of digital photographs, video recordings and other media contributed from all over the country. These are viewable online at

Monday, November 17, 2014

Establishing the Missouri Hub: A Service Hub for DPLA

...or "How We Made a Cultural Heritage Community Partnership Happen in One Year and Nineteen Days"

Monday, June 24, 2013

Suellen Eggers' retirement - Librarian loves her typewriter

In honor of Suellen Eggers' retirement from Booth Library at Eastern Illinois University, I wanted to share a silly little film we made back in the late 1990's.  Enjoy!