Contact UsArmstrong Browning Library
One Bear Place #97152
710 Speight Avenue
Waco, Texas 76798-7152
Main Number: 254.710.3566
Fax Number: 254.710.3552
Associate Professor Rita S. Patteson was appointed Director of the Armstrong Browning Library on September 1, 2009. This is merged with her duties as Librarian/Curator of Manuscripts, a position held since 1995. As Director, she is responsible for the overall operation of the Library, the planning of cultural events, and budgetary procedures. She continues to seek and purchase original materials for the collection, overseeing their preparation for use and fulfilling photoduplication and reference requests. Other assignments include serving as liaison for digitization projects and for the updating of the in-house and online databases that enhance Browning research. She has served on two editorial boards: The Works of Elizabeth Barrett Browning (co-editor of volume 5, Pickering & Chatto, 2010) and The Complete Works of Robert Browning (co-editor of volume 12, Ohio University Press, 2001). Her career at the Library began in 1971 as administrative assistant to director Jack W. Herring. She received her MLS (1995) from Texas Woman's University.
Telephone: 254.710.4967; Email: Rita Patteson
Associate Librarian Cynthia A. Burgess is the Librarian/Curator of Books and Printed Materials, a position she has held since 1995 after receiving her MLIS degree from the University of Texas. Joining the Library in 1988 under Roger Brooks, she was the chief tour guide of the collection and event coordinator for the building. As Curator, she works diligently to increase the print holdings of the collection, oversees the Library's reading room, and handles hundreds of reference questions. Her special project was to serve from 2000 to 2007 as liaison between the donors and Willet Hauser Architectural Glass in the production of six stained glass windows in the Cox Reception Hall. She served as an associate editor for The Works of Elizabeth Barrett Browning (Pickering & Chatto, 2010). Currently, Cynthia works closely with the Green Scholars Initiative faculty and students as they study manuscripts and papyri that are on temporary deposit at the Armstrong Browning Library.
Telephone: 254.710.4959; Email: Cynthia Burgess
Jennifer Borderud became the Access and Outreach Librarian in October 2013 after serving as the Rare Books Catalog Librarian in the Central Libraries at Baylor University for seven years. Her current position is instrumental in providing access to and promoting the use of the Armstrong Browning Library's unique collections. Jennifer received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Baylor University in 2000, her Master of Arts degree in English from Baylor University in 2003, and her Master of Science in Information Studies degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 2006. She held a graduate assistantship with former ABL director Mairi Rennie while writing her master's thesis Browning's Companion Dear and True: The Letters of Robert and Sarianna Browning to Annie Egerton Smith (2003). She is an active member of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section (RBMS) of the Association of College and Research Libraries and currently serves as co-chair of the RBMS Seminars Committee.
Telephone: 254.710.3825; Email: Jennifer Borderud
Jessica M. McAdoo is the Public Relations and Facilities Supervisor. Her duties include scheduling and coordinating events held in the Library and overseeing daily operations of the public areas of the building. She oversees the production of the Library's bi-annual newsletter, manages the Gift Gallery, and supervises the part-time hosts of the Library and the work-study students assigned to the main floor. Often she gives extended tours to visiting school groups and senior adults and keeps the Library open for after-hour and special events. Jessica received a BA in Journalism from Baylor University.
Telephone: 254.710.4960; Email: Jessica McAdoo
Christi Klempnauer, Administrative Coordinator for the Library and assistant to the director, started in this position in 2006 after serving as Assistant to the Curators for five years. She received her Bachelor of Science in Family and Consumer Sciences in Child and Family Studies from Baylor in December 2011. She keeps the Library running smoothly by handling all the financial details; maintaining office records, mailing lists, and supplies; coordinating all arrangements for the Visiting Scholar program; maintaining the ABL web site; and a myriad of other duties and projects.
Telephone: 254.710.4968; Email: Christi Klempnauer
Melvin H. Schuetz, Assistant to the Curators, assists the Curators by supervising the Library Services area on the third floor. His primary responsibility for the circulation of library materials insures prompt and efficient service to patrons. His activities also include hiring, training, and supervising three student assistants; preparing the schedule for servicing the Library Services desk; filling all ILL requests; and fielding many of the patron's reference questions.
Telephone: 254.710.4314; Email: Melvin Schuetz
Glenda Ross, Facilities and Processing Assistant, assists the Facilities Supervisor by overseeing the library on Saturdays and assigned after-hours events. Along with these duties, she assists the curators with processing of collection materials and creating digital archives for these materials. She greets visitors in the library, gives them a brief history of the library, and insures that they have an informative visit. She also helps customers in the Gift Gallery. Glenda received her BA in Art from Baylor University.
Telephone: 254.710.4312; Email: Glenda Ross
Library Hosts Martha Ervin, Patricia Harvey, Mary Rodriguez, and Mary Schrader work half-days and greet visitors, students, and scholars; help keep the contents of the building secure; and assist in processing library materials.