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Pratt/SLRC Department Manager
Jeff is the longtime manager of the Maryland Department at the Enoch Pratt Free Library/State Library Resource Center (SLRC). A 32 year veteran at the Library, Jeff has had the good fortune to have been part of the great transformation of public libraries over the last few decades. Aside from the Maryland Department he is involved with training librarians in Maryland subject specialties and performing public programs and lectures for libraries. Jeff is a familiar face in the local history and genealogy worlds. Outside the Library Jeff enjoys family time, cooking and hanging out with his dog.
- Friendship: The Story Behind Baltimore's First Airport
While waiting in line to pass through security at BWI Thurgood Marshall International Airport last week I gave some thought to the evolution of our busy, ultra-modern airport. I go way back with this place. ...more
- Maryland Yearbooks are in Demand
Each month the managers of the subject departments at Pratt review the number of times the web the pages linked to their sites are viewed. In the Maryland Department popular pages include our guides on ...more
- History: The Pratt Library in World War II
Baltimore, a city capable of major industrial production, was key to military preparedness during World War II. Thousands went to work each day in the shipyards and steel mills, yet everyone in the country ...more
- 2012 Olympics: Baltimore was a contender!
Opening ceremonies at the London Olympics are almost upon us. I'm a big sports fan but admit that I don't look for the latest news in water polo, equestrian or pentathlon when I open the sports pages of ...more
- Mysteries at the Museum: The Pratt on the Travel Channel
It is always an honor to be asked to speak about Edgar Allan Poe and the wonderful collection of Poe documents that are held in the Pratt Library. In January, I spent half a day being interviewed and ...more