Michigan State University

The Special Collections Staff

The staff of Special Collections strives to preserve the heritage of the past and acquire important records of contemporary culture while making these materials available for use.

You may contact the staff during the reading room hours at (517) 884-6471

Peter Berg - Librarian, Head of Special Collections, Associate Director for Special Collections & Preservation

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Peter Berg was appointed head of Special Collections in September 1988. He is responsible for the administration and development of Special Collections, including direction of collection development, collection maintenance/conservation, and public service activities of the unit.

In 2005, he was appointed Associate Director for Special Collections and serves as a member of Executive Council of the MSU Libraries. Berg received his undergraduate degree in History from MSU (1969), his Library Science degree from the University of Michigan (1975), and his doctorate in History from MSU (1994).

Leslie M. Behm – Special Projects Librarian

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Leslie Behm joined the MSU Libraries staff in 1978 as a Science Librarian. In 1982, she became Head of the Clinical Center Library and divided her time between there and the Science Library. In 1984 she became Head of the Veterinary Clinical Center Library and split her time between the two branch libraries.

In 2009, Leslie joined the staff of Special Collections to work on special projects. She is responsible for Little Cookbooks: The Alan & Shirley Brocker Sliker Culinary Collection and the MSU Libraries' Archives. She received her Bachelor's degree in Biology from Heidelberg College (1976) and her MSLS from Case Western Reserve University (1977) with an emphasis on medical librarianship. She also has a MPH in Epidemiology from University of Michigan (1996) and a MS in Education from Capella University (2010).

Patrick Olson - Rare Books Librarian

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Patrick Olson joined Special Collections in 2014 to focus on managing and developing the rare book collection. Patrick has held special collections positions at the University of Iowa, MIT, and the University of Illinois, where he also earned his MLIS. Prior to crossing over to librarianship, he spent four years working in the rare book trade.

Diana Rivera - Chicana/o Latina/o Studies Bibliographer

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Diana Rivera joined Special Collections in 2009 and continues to build a core collection of primary sources, rare books and unique ephemera on the Chicana/o and Latina/o experience for the MSU Libraries. She is the Chicana/o Latina/o Bibliographer overseeing the Cesar E. Chavez Collection and provides reference desk assistance in Special Collections.

The Cesar E. Chavez Collection is a multi-disciplinary, multi-format collection which she has headed since 1995 when it was established. Many unique Chicano and Latino themed materials purchased and housed in Special Collections are regularly exhibited in the Chavez display case on 1 West. She received her undergraduate degree in Racial & Ethnic Studies from MSU and her Library Science degree from the University of Michigan.

Randall Scott - Librarian & Assistant Head of Special Collections

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Librarian Scott specializes in organizing and providing bibliographical access (cataloging and indexing) to rare, popular and radical materials, especially including comic books, popular fiction, and the fugitive publications of activist organizations.

Nicole Smeltekop - Special Materials Catalog Librarian

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Nicole Smeltekop began working at the MSU Libraries in June2014 as a Special Materials Catalog Librarian. She also has a secondary assignment managing the Archives and Manuscripts in Special Collections.  Prior to her hire at Michigan State, she was the archivist at Albion College and an archivist for the State of Michigan.  She received her B.A. in History from Michigan State University in 2005 and her MLIS from Wayne State University in 2006 with a concentration in archival administration.  She is a board member of the Michigan Archival Association and the Michigan State Records Advisory Board and a member of ALA, MAGRT, ALCTS, and OLAC. 

Mary Jo Zeter - Latin American and Caribbean Studies Bibliographer

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Mary Jo Zeter is reponsible for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at the Michigan State University Library. 

Kristine Baclawski - Library Assistant

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Kris Baclawski began working at MSU's Library first as a student assistant at the Science and Vet Clinic (Med) libraries in 1978 and later in 1982, joined the pre-cataloging staff of Monographic Acquisitions. In 1985, she moved to InterLibrary Loan, working on both the borrowing and lending sides.

2001 brought Kris to Special Collections, where she divides her time between the desk, assisting patrons; supervising students; collecting and processing materials for the Vertical Files; filling what InterLibrary Loan requests can be copied; and cataloging incoming Special Collections gifts and serials.

Katie Diamond - Library Assistant

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Carolyn Schein - Library Assistant

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John Stone - Library Assistant

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