WU Libraries Staff Spotlight: Emily Stenberg

Emily Stenberg has been digital publishing and preservation librarian at Washington University since 2013. She received her bachelor’s degree in English from George Mason University in Virginia.Emily Stenberg She earned a master’s degree in fine arts in creative writing and a certificate in museum studies from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She holds a master’s in library science from Indiana University. Prior to coming to WU, she was a metadata librarian at the University of Louisville. She lives in the Skinker-DeBaliviere neighborhood with her husband, Rich, and 3-year-old daughter, Martha.

Tell us about your job: My primary job is to manage Open Scholarship, which is a university repository. The bulk of that is the theses and dissertations submitted by graduate students — they’re submitted electronically now. We also include undergraduate research, the undergraduate research symposium and senior honors papers, and faculty articles, which is what the repository was created for in the first place.

We also have special projects from the Sam Fox School, Engineering, and some original publications. I’m working with faculty at the Brown School on JRISMA, a journal that’s supposed to launch this year.

What do you like best about your job? It’s a little different every day. I interact with departments and other librarians more than I have in previous positions, and I like helping to create a collection and talk to people about the different steps for getting their information up on the site.

What do you think people don’t know about your work? There are a lot of services that we can provide through the repository and Scholarly Publishing that people aren’t aware of. I’ve been talking to student groups that are interested in creating their own publications and some that already have, and I would like to be able to host those publications through the library and help students understand the long-term access that we can provide.

What else are you involved in? I’m involved in the Danforth Staff Council, which I joined last year and have stayed on for a two-year term. I’ve liked meeting people from across the university and working with the council on staff issues. We were able to address a lot last year, our first year. We helped with the new sick-leave policy, and we put on a town hall to hear what people were interested in.

What do you like to do in your free time? We own a duplex, and we live upstairs and rent out the downstairs through Airbnb. We get a lot of families coming into town for vacation. Once we ended up hosting three students from China for a semester.

I like to do yoga, and I go to bootcamp at the WashU rec center. I also like reading and writing, and I’m learning how to crochet.

What are you currently reading? The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson.

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