Patty is the librarian and first point of contact for the faculty, staff, and students of the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania. Serving in this capacity for near twenty-five years, she supports the teaching and research needs of GSE by curating this user-friendly education resources homepage, responding promptly to a steady flow of questions from this active constituency, meeting with students in person and virtually, and offering instructional sessions on library resources and search techniques. In 2012, Patty received the Graduate School of Education's Outstanding Service to Students Award, seldom given outside the School. Patty is also responsible for the collections in education and frequently serves on library project teams. From 1992-2015, Patty also served as a member of the now retired Van Pelt library Research and Instructional Services Department.
Patty holds a B.A. in English from Kenyon College, a M.A. in History from The Ohio State University, and a M.L.I.S. from the University of Michigan. Prior to coming to Penn in 1992, Patty worked at Wayne State University (1986-1990) in Detroit, Michigan, where she served as Reference / U.S. Documents Librarian with liaison/bibliographer responsibilities for U.S. and world history, and Haverford College (1990-1992), where she was Reference / U.S. Documents librarian, with liaison/bibliographer responsibilities for sociology, economics, and political science. Patty also worked at the Harlan Hatcher Graduate, the Undergraduate, and the Bentley Historical libraries at the University of Michigan, as well as the Worthington Public Library in Worthington, Ohio.