Sarah Burke Cahalan

Outreach, Special Collections, Digital Projects

About Me

I am a professional librarian with advanced degrees in art history and library science, and extensive experience in reference/outreach for special collections and rare books.  I have also worked long periods in a bookstore and as a tutor to children in elementary, middle, and high school (including ESL students and some very reluctant readers).  I have dabbled in book reviewing.

I am fascinated by the history of collections and collectors, love tracing bibliographic clues to learn about a book’s provenance, and think that digital and analog collections are complementary and mutually beneficial.  My current research project is on S. Fred Prince, who studied and illustrated the plants of the Ozarks in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

In spring 2015, I moved from an academic library to a public library, where I intend to use my special collections experience to create programming on local history, preservation, crafts, genealogy, and garden/landscape history.

I shared some further thoughts on rare books with Fine Books & Collections in April 2014.

Questions?  Comments?  Email me: s.katherine.burke AT

On a sunny day at the Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, Kentucky


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