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 well over twenty years, she supports the teaching and research needs of GSE by 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 responsible for collection development and maintenance in the field of education and frequently serves on library project teams. From 1992-2015, Patty proudly served the Penn Libraries and wider Penn community as a member of the highly esteemed and now retired Van Pelt 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. focused on public service, reference, and archival work 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 outreach and collection responsibilities in history, and Haverford College (1990-1992), where she was Reference / U.S. Documents librarian, with outreach and collection building in 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.