Ex Libris Authors

About Ex Libris Universum

Ex Libris Universum: From the Library of the Universe. This blog, published by the Niels Bohr Library & Archives and Center for History of Physics of the American Institute of Physics, intends to do just that - bring you into the library of the universe. The librarians, archivists, historians, and special guest authors featured on this blog provide a behind the scenes look at the history and collections they preserve and make accessible, the hidden figures and stories they make known, and the services they provide to the history of science community and the public.

Chip Calhoun

Chip Calhoun is the Digital Archivist. He has a B.A. in English Literature and an MLS, both from the University of Maryland, College Park. He handles archives collections, including digital collections, and oversees information systems such as the library catalog and other databases. One of his favorite books in the collection is The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark by Carl Sagan.

Samantha Holland

Samantha Holland is the AV & Media Archivist. She obtained a bachelor’s degree in humanities with a concentration in English from the University of Hawai’i- West Oahu and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Maryland, College Park. One of her favorite books in the collection is The Strangest Man: The Hidden Life of Paul Dirac, Mystic of the Atom, by Graham Farmelo. 

Audrey Lengel

Audrey Lengel is the Digital Collections Manager. She has a B.A. in rhetoric & public advocacy from Temple University and an MLS from the University of Maryland. She coordinates the public-facing digital collections at the Niels Bohr Library & Archives. One of her favorite books here is Max Goes to the Moon by Jeffrey Bennett and illustrated by Alan Okamoto.

Corinne Mona

Corinne Mona is the Assistant Librarian. She holds advanced degrees in music performance and French, and is currently pursuing a master’s in library and information science. Here at the Niels Bohr Library and Archives, she wrangles books and journals by cataloging, shifting, inventorying, and promoting them. She is also a professional musician and flute teacher.  One of her favorite books from the library is Women Spacefarers by Umberto Cavallero.

Hannah Pell

Hannah Pell is a Research Assistant for the Center for History of Physics (CHP). She earned a B.S. in Physics and a B.A. in Music from Lebanon Valley College, and a Master of Arts degree in Music Theory from the University of Oregon. She is also an alumna of the Fulbright Program. She coordinates outreach and engagement initiatives on behalf of CHP. One of her favorite physics history books is The Ghost in the Atom: A Discussion of the Mysteries of Quantum Physics, edited by P.C.W. Davies and J.R. Brown.

Allison Rein

Allison Rein is the Associate Director of Library Collections & Services. She has a B.A. in history from UMBC and an MLS from the University of Maryland. She oversees the book collection at the Niels Bohr Library & Archives, and if she had to pick a favorite book in the entire collection it would be Radium Girls by Kate Moore. 

Sarah Weirich

Sarah Weirich is the library's Metadata Specialist. She earned a B.A. in Art History from St. Mary's College of Maryland and an MLIS from the University of Southern Mississippi.  She processes new book purchases and donations, and works to make the library's existing catalog records as accurate and accessible as possible. One of Sarah's favorite books in the library is The Graphic Work of M.C. Escher.