Penn State Harrisburg

Heidi N. Abbey, M.A., M.L.S.

· Associate Librarian, Library
· Archivist and Humanities Reference Librarian
· Coordinator of Archives and Special Collections
· Library Faculty Liaison, Humanities

Biography

Ms. Abbey, archivist and humanities reference librarian at the Penn State Harrisburg Library, has nearly twenty years of experience working for academic libraries in Connecticut and Pennsylvania. She holds a B.A. in art history and biology from Juniata College, an M.A. in art history from the University of Maryland at College Park, and an M.L.S., with a specialization in archives and records management, from the University at Albany, S.U.N.Y. Prior to joining the faculty at The Pennsylvania State University Libraries in 2006, Ms. Abbey worked for twelve years at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, CT, as an art information professional and as UConn's first Digital Collections Librarian in Archives & Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Studies Association (ASA)
  • Association of College Libraries of Central PA (ACLCP)
  • Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference (MARAC)
  • Motherhood Initiative for Research & Community Involvement (MIRCI)
  • Society of American Archivists (SAA)

Research Interests

  • Advocacy and outreach for archives, special collections, and museums
  • Archives and special collections
  • Art and museum librarianship
  • Digital collections, digital curation, and preservation
  • History of children's book illustration and literature
  • Motherhood in American popular culture
  • Nuptial iconography in ancient Greek vase painting
  • Sustainability in archives and libraries
  • Women's studies in digital archives

Publications and Research

  • Abbey, Heidi N. (In Press). “Digital Preservation: An Introduction.” In Jane Monson (Ed.), Jump-Start Your Career as a Digital Librarian: A LITA Guide (28 pp.). New York, NY: Neal-Schuman Publishers, Inc.
  • Abbey, Heidi N. (In Press). “Three Mile Island, Three Decades Later: The People and Perspectives of Middletown, Pa.” In Jessica Lacher-Feldman (Ed.), Exhibits in Archives and Special Collections. Chicago, IL: Society of American Archivists.
  • Abbey, Heidi N. (In Press). “Fertility.” Encyclopedia of American Women’s History. Ed. Hasia Diner. 5 vols. New York: Facts On File.
  • Abbey, Heidi N. (In Press). “Infertility.” Encyclopedia of American Women’s History. Ed. Hasia Diner. 5 vols. New York: Facts On File.
  • Abbey, Heidi N. (2012). “Calling All Bloggers! MARAC Joins the Blogosphere.” The Mid-Atlantic Archivist. 41(1), 1.
  • Abbey, Heidi N. (2009). "Erin’s Sons: Irish Arrivals in Atlantic Canada 1761-1853, by Terrence M. Punch." In ARBAonline, http:/www.arbaonline.com and Volume 40 of American Reference Books Annual.
  • Abbey, Heidi N. (2009). "Joel Whitburn’s Top Pop Singles 1955-2006, edited by Joel Whitburn." In ARBAonline, http:/www.arbaonline.com and Volume 39 of American Reference Books Annual.
  • Abbey, Heidi N. (2008). "Miller’s Companion to Antiques and Collectables, edited by Theresa Bebbington." In ARBAonline, http:/www.arbaonline.com and in Volume 39 of American Reference Books Annual.
  • Abbey, Heidi N. (2006). “Appreciating Frederick Matzow’s Art.” In Heidi N. Abbey, and David and Agnes Baur (Eds.), Frederick Matzow (1861-1938): Meriden’s Artist-in-Residence. Windsor, CT: Self-published.
  • Abbey, Heidi N. (2002). “Art Through the Ages Online: An Evaluative Webliography of Art & Art History Timelines.” Art Libraries Journal 27.2.