Sara Roberts, Diane’s former assistant, worked at the Sowell Collection for two and a half years. Sara received a Bachelor’s of English Literature with a concentration in poetry in 2011 from Murray State University; however, working at the Sowell Collection catalyzed her interest in archives, as well as a love of environmental studies and literature.
She is now office associate of Digital Initiatives & Special Collections at University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL). This department is made up of the Center for Digital Research in the Humanities, Scholarly Communications and Archives & Special Collections. Sara spends ten hours per week processing collections at the UNL University Archive, including collections by Ted Kooser and Willa Cather scholar Sue Rosowski. She is also pursuing a Masters of Library Science at Emporia State University with a concentration in archival studies. In addition, she is currently working on a project that focuses on restoring and digitizing Nebraska military marching band reels held at the UNL Archives and Special Collections.
Apart from a full-time position and a graduate degree, Sara volunteers at Lincoln City Public Libraries and travels, hikes and reads when she can in between semesters. Her husband, Caleb and their cat Dexter live in Lincoln, Nebraska. Although she and Caleb grew up in Kentucky and Tennessee, they are slowly getting used to calling the Midwest home.
We hope to see Sara (and Caleb) at the 2017 Sowell Conference this April!