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
Dr. Joshua King is Associate Professor of English at Baylor University and the holder of The Margarett Root Brown Chair in Robert Browning and Victorian Studies. As Chair, Dr. King serves as a scholar-in-residence for the Armstrong Browning Library, researching and publishing on materials related to the Library's holdings and attending and designing scholarly outreach events to promote the Library's standing as a world center for Victorian studies. His book Imagined Spiritual Communities in Britain's Age of Print was published (2015) in Ohio State University Press' series on Literature, Religion, and Postsecular Studies. He is also coordinator of Baylor's 19th Century Research Seminar (19CRS), an interdisciplinary forum for faculty and students from within and outside Baylor University. Dr. King holds a B.A. from the University of Virginia and a Ph.D. from Harvard University.
Telephone: 254.710.6906; Email: Josh King
Librarian Cynthia A. Burgess is the 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
Assistant Librarian Jennifer Borderud was named Associate Director of the Armstrong Browning Library on 1 September 2015. This is in addition to the service she provides as the Access and Outreach Librarian. Before moving into her position at the ABL in October 2013, she served as the Rare Books Catalog Librarian in the Central Libraries at Baylor University for seven years. Her new position provides assistance in the general operation of the Library while providing access to and promoting the use of the Armstrong Browning Library's unique collections. Jennifer received both her BA (2000) and her MA (2003) in English from Baylor University and her MS in Information Studies from the University of Texas in 2006. 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 held a graduate assistantship with former ABL director Mairi Rennie. She is an active member of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section (RBMS) of the Association of College and Research Libraries, most recently serving as co-chair of the RBMS Seminars Committee.
Telephone: 254.710.3825; Email: Jennifer Borderud
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. Other 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. His daily internet searches are instrumental in discovering and tracking potential Browning collection items, as well as other Victorian materials.
Telephone: 254.710.4314; Email: Melvin Schuetz
Glenda Ross is the Facilities Coordinator and is in charge of scheduling and coordinating events held in the Library and overseeing daily operations of the public areas of the building. She manages the Gift Gallery, supervises the part-time hosts of the Library and the work-study students assigned to the main floor, and assists with the production of the Library's bi-annual newsletter. Often she gives extended tours to visiting school groups and senior adults and oversees the Library when it is open for after-hour and special events. Glenda received her BA in Art from Baylor University.
Telephone: 254.710.4964; Email: Glenda Ross
Eddie Labid, Facilities and Processing Assistant, assists the Facilities Coordinator by overseeing the library on Saturdays and during assigned after-hours events. He greets visitors in the library, gives them a brief history of the library, and insures that they have an informative visit. He also helps customers in the Gift Gallery. Along with these duties, he assists the curators with processing collection materials and creating digital archives for these materials. Eddie received his BA in Communication Studies from Baylor University.
Telephone: 254-710-4312; Email: Eddie Labid
Library Hosts Mary D. Rodriguez, Martha Ervin, Patricia Harvey, and Mary Schrader work half-days and greet visitors, students, and scholars; provide tours of the building; assist in the Gift Gallery; assist in processing library materials; and help keep the contents of the building secure.