Roberta Gerber is a new face at Palmer Library on the Davenport campus.  She comes to us by way of Madison, Wisconsin. Her years of library experience come from the public sector, employed almost 15 years for Rockford Public Library in Illinois doing reference work, cataloging, and system administration of their Integrated Library System. These duties are what Roberta contributes to the Palmer Libraries, too.

Having worked in the independent insurance industry for eleven years right out of high school, Roberta made a major career change at the age of 30. She acquired a Bachelor’s degree in History (specializing in 16th Century England & the Reformation, and 19th Century United States Women’s History) and Computer Science at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, then continued on to earn her Master’s in Library and Information Studies.

Roberta is married to Michael Gerber, and has a thirteen year old son named Eric. When she’s not busy cataloging for Palmer Libraries or diagnosing and fixing ILS issues, she enjoys spending time with her four cats and family, watching the Green Bay Packers win, listening to bluegrass music, cooking, genealogy, helping with homework, learning more about Asperger syndrome, and reading, reading, reading!  Roberta loves books written by Southern authors and Southern settings, mysteries, forensics and police procedurals, books about Henry VIII, and Arthurian fantasy novels, especially those from a women’s point of view.

Welcome, Roberta!