Post Grad Life
MEMS majors often go on to graduate and professional study. The experience of research and of planning an individual course of study is excellent preparation for graduate work. Below are a few profiles that exemplify how former students’ careers have evolved over time.
Amanda Langdon ’07 completed the University of Iowa's library and information science program, as well as the U of I's graduate certificate for the Center for the Book. She ended up continuing the kind of work she did as a graduate work-study student: access services and circulation librarianship in a medical-academic library at the Health Sciences Library at the University of Colorado Denver's Anschutz Medical Campus. As an extracurricular aside, the research methods learned and historical resources accumulated at Cornell have served Amanda well in researching her medieval-based historical fantasy writing.
Brooke Bergantzel ’08 completed a master’s in library and information science with a concentration in archives management at Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts, where she worked as the Dean’s Fellow for the Graduate School for Library and Information Science West and the Massachusetts Center for the Book. She returned to Cornell as the reference and technical services librarian before being promoted to instructional technology librarian, and now works at Macalester College. She also consults with the Mount Vernon Historical Preservation Commission on its online database of historic images. She has also served as a coach at the Institute for Digital Liberal Arts Scholarship, working alongside faculty from a variety of institutions to pursue projects in the digital humanities.
Ellie Gione ’12 worked at the Minnesota Historical Society as a reference assistant in its research library and also as a library assistant at the Newberry Library in Chicago. She completed her master's degree in library and information science in 2017 and has presented at three academic conferences: the Newberry Multidisciplinary Graduate Conference; the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies Conference at Arizona State University; and the Sixteenth Century Society Conference in Bruges, Belgium. Her presentations were a continuation of her MEMS senior thesis. She plans to pursue doctoral work in early modern England.
Laura Michelson ’16 served as an Appalachian Forest Heritage Area AmeriCorps member at Arthurdale Heritage, a historically based nonprofit organization in West Virginia, and is now studying for a master of arts in library and information science and a certificate in book arts at the University of Iowa. She reports, “My MEMS program, and Cornell in general, has prepared me in being able to multitask and balance multiple projects; to schedule and prioritize tasks; to research and to place aspects of history into a relevant context; to think critically; to write and speak effectively; and to learn a massive amount of information quickly and to retain it—at Arthurdale I learned our 90-minute tours over the course of two days.”
Sara Renaud ’18 completed her MEMS major and a French minor with a senior thesis on the 15th-century French writer Christine de Pizan. She is now pursuing a master’s degree in museum and artifact studies at Durham University in the United Kingdom.