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Stephanie Gamble

“Teaching was really the pivot point that allowed me to move from the traditional academic path into working with students from this different angle.”

Krieger School of Arts & Sciences

History, PhD 2014

Upper School Librarian at Sidwell Friends School

Stephanie‘s Podcast Episode

In this episode, we discuss how a childhood interest in Native American indigenous cultures eventually led Stephanie to pursue a PhD in History, what drew her to a career as a librarian and her experience transitioning into this role, and her dedication to mentoring current PhD students who are similarly interested in exploring ways to apply their doctoral skillset in careers outside the typical academic path.

Learn More About Stephanie‘s Story

In the summer of 2007, I sailed the Godspeed along the James River as part of the 400th anniversary celebrations while working as an interpreter at Jamestown Settlement. My experiences working in museums helped me to think more broadly about history and also how to consider my career options after my degree.

In my first librarian position at the University of Kansas I had the opportunity to plan and coordinate at Teach-In to inform our community about the events unfolding at Standing Rock. The event was an amazing example of the role that libraries (and librarians) can play in a community, and helped to solidify for me that librarianship was a way for me to think creatively about what information literacy means for students as researchers and citizens.