Anna Obermayer


Book repair:

  • basic book repair both for a circulating collection and from a historical conservation perspective, including:
    • Rebacking both with attached and detached boards
    • Hinge repair
    • Flat sheet repairing
    • Page repairs
    • Tip-ins
    • Fan glue rebinding
    • Box making and other enclosures

Archiving skills:

  • writing finding aids
  • familiar with Archivists’ Toolkit
  • collecting and organizing metadata for archival digital records
  • surveying, organizing, and rehousing collections
  • I am also familiar with both RDA and Dublin Core standards, along with MARC encoding standards

People skills:

  • supervised student workers in a library setting
  • worked closely with faculty, students and alumni in answering research questions

Office work:

  • strong typing skills
  • computer skills
  • strong organization and problem solving skills
  • experience with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • LexisNexis, WestLaw, other forms of legal research

Programming and Facilitation:  

  • created and facilitated retreats and workshops for children and adults around the themes community building, communication, personal health, and identity issues
  • taught others to actively listen deeply and respectfully as part of communicating differences
  • mediated conflict situations
  • am LGBTQA safe space trained
  • have modeled community values in a leadership position.
  • actively worked to build a safe nurturing space for people with disabilities and the LGBTQA community
  • have worked with a wide variety of university departments to create and facilitate joint programs
  • have organized and presented a monthly graduate lecture series for Stony Brook University


  • experience in advocacy, working in such areas as adult education, mental health, LGBTQA rights and human rights
  • have worked in legal advocacy in all these areas and am particularly versed in advocating for children with disabilities or mental illness in an educational setting

Legal Investigation:

  • experience working for a legal non-profit agency
  • can research laws and cases
  • have experience reading law and attending court hearings
  • have worked as a human rights investigator and have evaluated cases for applicability under federal discrimination law


Syracuse University – Syracuse, NY – M.S. in Library and Information Science

GPA 3.9/4.00

Stony Brook University-Stony Brook, NY – M.A. in History

GPA 3.7/4.00, Connie & Lee Koppelman Scholarship

Broome Community College-Binghamton, NY – Paralegal Certificate

GPA 3.9/4.00, Graduated with High Honors, Presidential Honors Scholar

Earlham College-Richmond, IN – B.A. in History

GPA 3.32/4.00, Presidential Honors Scholar, Bonner Scholar


Work Experience

Graduate Intern-College of Environmental Science and Forestry Archives and Special Collections

September 2016-present

  • answering research questions
  • assisting faculty, students, alumni and visiting scholars use the archive
  • surveying archival collections
  • preparing archival materials for scanning and digitization
  • compiling metadata for archival records as part of an ongoing digitization project  

Graduate Employee-Syracuse University Preservation Unit

December 2015-present

  • repairing books from the circulating collection
  • rebacking both with attached and detached boards
  • hinge repairs, page repairs, tip-ins, and box making
  • handling older leather bound books with leather rot
  • performing flat sheet repairing especially on maps
  • supervising undergraduate students’ day to day work in the preservation lab
  • demonstrating full book repair to graduate and undergraduate students during workshops and classes

Graduate Employee-Syracuse University Archives

August 2015-November 2015

  • surveying, organizing and rehousing collections
  • writing finding aids for the collections using Archivists’ Toolkit
  • Handling basic research requests

Graduate Resident Assistant-Department of Residence Program at Stony Brook University

July 2013-May 2014

  • working at front desk in quad office
  • designing and facilitating at least three programs a semester
  • overseeing maintenance for an entire dorm building
  • counseling and conflict resolution with residents
  • inspecting apartments for health and safety violations
  • filling out and submitting judicial reports
  • working with international graduate students to help them better transition to living and working in the US
  • representing graduate resident life at GLBTQ and sex education workshops and events
  • organizing, promoting and hosting a monthly graduate lectures and guest speakers

Young Friends In Residence Intern- New York Yearly Meeting

August 2009-August 2011

  • designing and running retreats for middle school, high school youth, and adults
  • designing and facilitating workshops
  • writing budgets and purchasing supplies, including food, for all programs
  • doing outreach and fundraising for the program

Senior Intern-City of Richmond Human Rights Commission

September 2007-May 2009

  • legal research regarding state and federal human rights laws
  • drafting questions for client interviews
  • drafting office letters
  • compiling past case files into electronic database
  • Producing office resources for community outreach
  • coordinating and overseeing office volunteers and interns
  • Participating  in factual investigative research

Legal Intern-Central Virginia Legal aid

Summer 2008

  • researching law especially in regard to social security disability and elder law
  • sitting  in on interviews with clients, sat in on hearings
  • compiling past case files and other data into an electronic database

Adult computer literacy instructor-Tompkins county learning partners inc

Summer of 2007

  • clerical work
  • organizing events
  • advocacy
  • tutoring adults in computer and organizational skills

Digitization Projects

Fletcher Steele Collection on New York Heritage

Teaching Experience

New York Yearly Meeting

I designed and taught a series of 10 workshops on spiritual nurture of individual Friends and Meetings. (Jan. 2011-June 2011)

“The Theological Framework for Quaker Traditions and Prophetic Witness,” Perry City NY (November 2009- June 2010) designed and taught the course

“Quakerism and Mystical Traditions: A history of radical theology,” Perry City NY (September 2010- Dec 2010) designed and taught the course

Earlham College

Teaching Assistant Asian American History, Professor C. Yates (Fall Semester 2008)   

Academic Conference Papers

Imagined Boundaries and Urban Spaces: Race, Space, and Sexuality in Manhattan’s Chinatown from 1870-1920 Graduate Council Lecture Series at Chapin (November 2013)

(Image)ining Danger: Purity, Race, and Remembering America’s Wars in Asia

Butler University Undergraduate Research Conference (April 2009)

Founding of Earlham Historical Journal (2008)

Editorial Board of Earlham Historical Journal (2009)