Bios - Library of Congress Speakers, October 2014

Dr. Habte Teclemariam is Senior Reference Librarian of the Geography and Map Division of The Library of Congress. He is a graduate of the University of Asmara, Hope College and has pursued advanced studies at the University of Michigan. Dr. Teclemariam specializes in European and Middle Eastern geography. He is fluent in a number of languages, including Hebrew.

Susan Garfinkel is a research specialist at the Library of Congress where she works especially with the Library’s digitized historical materials; her subject areas include architecture, early American cultural history and digital humanities. With a PhD in American Civilization (Penn) as well as MA degrees in folklore (Penn) and in American material culture (Winterthur), she taught at several universities in the Washington, DC area before coming to LC in 2002. Her published work spans topics from breast cancer in the early 19th century, to Quakers and plainness, to elevators in film and fiction, to vernacular architecture and performance theory. Having been supported by an LC Kluge Staff Fellowship in 2011, she is currently engaged in writing a cultural history of Philadelphia’s Society of Free Quakers, a dissident religious group formed in 1781 in active support of the Revolutionary War. She has recently begun to research her own family’s history.

Anne Toohey has served as a reference librarian in the Local History and Genealogy Section at the Library of Congress since 1991. Though born in Berlin with a few years of childhood spent in Greece, she considers herself a native of Fairfax County. Before earning her MLS (Western Michigan) she completed coursework toward a doctorate in European History, as well as a research year in Bologna, Italy (Michigan). She has worked as a reference librarian at Catholic University and in the History of Medicine Division at the National Library of Medicine; for thirteen years she also worked each Sunday in the Virginia Room at the Fairfax Public Library. Toohey specializes in genealogy and local history for Virginia, Canada and France and is the Canadian Recommending Officer for books at the Library of Congress. In addition, she specializes in the genealogy of groups such as Loyalists, Huguenots and Quakers, and is interested in migration history.

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