A librarian and historian, Alea Henle is Head of Access & Borrow at Miami University. She has a Masters in Library Science from Simmons College and a Ph.D. in History from the University of Connecticut. Over the past years, she’s worked in libraries from Washington, D.C. to Colorado to New Mexico and taught classes in history, librarianship, archives, and records management. Her research interests center on how decisions in libraries, archives, research centers, and commercial database providers increasingly shape the resources available–making materials paradoxically both easier and more difficult to locate.

Photo: Woman’s Shoes, about 1780, hand-stitched painted silk damask, silk tape, wood, and leather; gift of Mrs. Horatio Fitch, 1843.13.0ab, the Connecticut Historical Society.