For over twenty years, Patty has served as the first point of contact for the faculty, staff, and students of the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania. In this liaison capacity, she supports the teaching and research needs of GSE by offering instructional sessions on library resources and search techniques, meeting with students, and responding to a steady flow of questions from this active constituency. In 2012, Patty received the Graduate School of Education's Outstanding Service to Students Award. Patty is responsible for collection development and maintenance in the field of education and related social sciences and frequently serves on library project teams. From 1992-2015, Patty also 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 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 liaison and collection responsibilities in history, and Haverford College (1990-1992), where she was Reference / U.S. Documents librarian, with liaison and collection duties in sociology, economics, and political science. Patty also worked at the Harlan Hatcher Graduate and Bentley Historical libraries at the University of Michigan, as well as the Worthington Public Library in Worthington, Ohio.