Theresa Donahue

Biography

As the Reserves Specialist I’m responsible for processing all shelved and electronic reserve materials in the humanities and social sciences. I coordinate with professors to obtain and shelve books and videos and place them on reserve for the semester. I also manage some Moodle sites and assume responsibility for organizing and up-loading materials to Moodle.

Since Reserves is a part of Circulation, I also perform many circulation tasks, and supervise the desk on Saturday’s during the school year. Although I’ve had a life-long interest in librarianship, I spent a number of years acting, directing and teaching theater, as well as working in the publishing business. In 2000 I had the good fortune to meet and work for Eugene Garfield, founder of the Institute for Scientific Information, later Thomson Scientific. I was impressed with Dr. Garfield’s work in the area of citation analysis, and began to take courses towards a master’s degree in library science. I was fortunate enough to obtain an internship at Magill Library, and after that a full-time position.

My husband and I have two grown children. We enjoy the theater, opera and classical music, museum going and traveling. My favorite literary genre (outside of 20th century American theater) is the 19th century British novel. I also enjoy solving crossword puzzles.

Education

M.S. in Library Science, University of Pittsburgh

M.A. in Theater, Villanova University

B.A. in English, Saint Francis University