Get to Know Your Library Staff—Rosemary Riess, M.A.

I recently started as a new Library Assistant at the Palmer Library in the Special Collections and Archives department. My name is Rosemary Riess. Most people call me Rosemary, unless they know me well then they call me Rosie. I am originally from Leeds, West Yorkshire in England but I have lived in the Quad Cities for five years. I graduated from The University of Iowa in May with my Master’s in Library and Information Science.

While at The University of Iowa, I researched the importance of the paperback revolution to scholars and the history of 1950s Science Fiction magazine readership as part of an early form of fan culture.  I worked as an Archivist Assistant for two years at the Iowa Women’s Archives and the Boyd Law Library. Some of my responsibilities included processing new collections, writing finding aids, reference requests, working with Archon database software and working on exhibits. This is the type of work which I will continue in the Palmer Library Special Collections and Archives as well as digitization projects and updating the blog. My professional goal is to make historical archives more accessible to the community.

Before my graduate degree, I worked at the Figge Art Museum for several years both in the curatorial and visitor services departments where I worked on exhibits, updated the Artsystems database and assisted visitors with their information requests. My undergraduate degree, a B.A. in American Studies from the University of Hull, England, gave me a good background in a variety of different cultural fields from literature and history to art and film. As part of this degree, I spent a year abroad at the University of Iowa where I met my husband, Tim Riess, who was an electrical engineering student at the time. After we got married, I moved to Davenport, IA where I currently reside with Tim and my mischievous rabbit, Charlie. My hobbies include reading British science fiction and mystery novels and painting.

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