November 6, 2017
Melanie Mueller, Director, Niels Bohr Library & Archives
If you’ve been following along since April, then you have gotten acquainted with a variety of staff and interns of the Niels Bohr Library & Archives. It is now my turn to give you a behind-the-scenes look – this time, into the administration work of a library and archives.
I am Melanie Mueller, the R. Joseph Anderson Director of the Niels Bohr Library & Archives. I have been on the staff of the NBL&A for over 12 years, working in various roles in the archives, moving into a management role in 2013, then becoming Director in 2016. With the transition to administrative work, I am more likely to be found working on budget and strategic planning than working directly with collections and processing. Much of my time is spent catching up with staff on their active projects, collaborating on projects with archives that collect in the history of physics, overseeing some of our unique programs (which you will hear more about during the month), and participating and leading a LOT of meetings. I do sometimes miss having my hands on the collections, but I find satisfaction in the work that goes into documenting a large and sometimes unwieldy subject like the history of physics. And, as you have seen, we have a terrific staff of dedicated professionals and I enjoy encouraging them in the great work that they do. Outside of the office, I spend time in my garden and going on adventures with my preschooler son.