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Teri Embrey : Curriculum Vitae

Teri Embrey's CV


Pritzker Military Library

May 2005 to Present 

Chief Librarian 

Duties: Acquire & catalog all library materials. Advise on donor recognition issues related to gifts-in-kind.  Research, recommend, select, and assist in implementation of library automation systems and other electronic resources with IT department. Manage collections and identify items needing conservation and preservation treatments.  Develop and maintain records, policies and practices for library’s operations. Present management reports to Senior Staff/Board. Supervise all activities of the Archivist, Library Assistants, Library Interns, and Volunteers. Provide reference and research support. Support and promote all exhibits and other functional program uses of the Library facilities. Write grants to gain external support of the libraries collections and programs as needed. Advise the Executive Director on all inquiries regarding library usage, collection, donations, and other routine matters.

Independent Consultant

July 2003 – May 2005

Clients: Chicago Library System for the Field Museum Digitization Project; Follett Software Services

Chicago Library System, Chicago, IL

April 1998 – July 2003

Position/Title: Automation Coordinator

Duties: Coordinated implementation of CLS Center for Library Automation services and training for CLA members. Provided automation, grant writing assistance, and other library consulting to system members, such as the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and the Adler Planetarium. Assisted with the administration of CLS' LAN and WAN until June 1999. Worked with vendors to establish consortial arrangements for members. Oversaw FirstSearch, SILO, ILLINET, OCLC Cataloguing and ILL, and WebZ, etc. access for members. Researched current methods and practices regarding library automation. Served as CLS’ moderator for several of its electronic mailing lists, its blog, and its online community. Served as representative for CLS for the statewide system automation group (PIPE), statewide cataloging standards group, and at other regional and state groups as designated. Supervised and coordinated the work of paraprofessional and project staff.

Northern Baptist Theological Seminary, Lombard, IL

June 1997 - April 1998

Position/Title: Cataloging Librarian

Duties: Catalogued materials in English, Spanish, and Korean. Maintained the special collections. Supervised graduate assistants in the technical services department. Answered occasional reference questions.

Butterfield & Butterfield, San Francisco, CA

July 1996 - March 1997

Position/Title: Cataloguer

Duties: Catalogued rare books for auction. Designed auction preview exhibits. Appraised historic children's literature and related paper objects. Assisted clients with collection development.


May 1996 – April 1998

Client: Chicago Library System for the updating of their serials union list for CLS member libraries

Dominican University, River Forest, IL

August 1993 - July 1996

Position/Title: Cataloger/ Reference Librarian

Duties: Performed all cataloging (original and copy) in English and modern foreign languages with the support of graduate assistants using the OCLC database, MARC formats, AACR2R rules, and LC Subject Headings in both the LC and Dewey classification systems. Taught bibliographic instruction. Maintained the university's archives. Performed all maintenance, preservation, acquisitions, and cataloging of materials for the library's special collections, in particular the Historic Children's literature collection. Designed exhibits for the gallery adjacent to the rare book room. Answered reference questions and served as bibliographer for the sciences.


Embrey, Theresa A. R., and Megan Williams. “A Golden Opportunity: A Case Study of the Pritzker Military Museum & Library.”  Journal of Digital Media Management.  Forthcoming issue.

Embrey, Theresa A. R. “Veterans' Stories Remembered (and Researched) Daily! : a Guide to Genealogy Resources at the Pritzker Military Museum & Library.” Illinois State Genealogical Society Quarterly. Vol. 46, No. 3, Fall 2014, pages 169-170.

Embrey, Theresa A. R. “Visiting and Researching Medals at the Pritzker Military Library” JOMSA: Journal of the Orders and Medals Society of America.  V58, no6, November/December 2007, p. 32-33.

Ross Embrey, Theresa A. “You Blog, We Blog: A Guide to How Teacher Librarians Can Use Weblogs to Build Communication and Research Skills.” Teacher Librarian. Rockland Press, _. v30, no2, Dec. 2002.

Ross Embrey, Theresa A. "Working the Network Redux: A Virtual Community for Librarians."

Information Technology. Hershey, Pa: Idea Group Publishing, - . July.-Dec. 2002 issue.

Ross Embrey, Theresa. “Working with Wireless Devices: Library Applications in Support of the Needs of Students and Teachers.” Teacher Librarian. Rockland Press, - . v29, no5, June 2002. p. 24-27

Ross Embrey, Theresa A. “Today’s PDAs Can Put an OPAC in the Palm of Your Hand.” Computers in Libraries. v22, no3, March 2002. p. 14-22

Ross Embrey, Teri. “A Feasible Virtual Law Library?” CALL Bulletin. Chicago, Il: Chicago Association of Law Libraries, - . Spring 2001 issue.

Assorted Forum Reports for the ILA Reporter. Chicago, Il: Illinois Library Association,- During the years 1996 to present.

Ross Embrey, Theresa. "Working the Network: A Virtual Community for Librarians." Information Technology. Hershey, Pa: Idea Group Publishing, - . Jan.-June 2001 issue.

Ross-Jones, Theresa A. “Rosary College” in The American Encyclopedia of Catholic History.

Collegeville, Minn.: Liturgical Press, c1997. p. 1215.

Selected presentations and exhibits:

“Providing Care through Adversity: Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ at the German Catholic Orphanage of the Holy Guardian Angels at Rose Hill from 1866 to 1900.”  Presented at the 2008 Conference on Illinois History, October 30-31, 2008 in Springfield, Illinois.


“General Abel Davis: A Citizen Soldier of Chicago.”  Presented at the 2006 Conference on Illinois History, October 12-13, 2006 in Springfield, Illinois.

“Top Tech Trends in Libraries.” Panel presentation with Paul Mills, Jenny Levine, and Matt Gullett for the Illinois Library Association conference on October 13, 2005.

“PDAs and the Role of the Librarian.” Keynote address for Ohio Health Sciences Library Association meeting on October 16, 2003.

“Top Tech Trends in Libraries.” Panel presentation with Paul Mills and Matt Gullett for the Illinois Library Association conference on October 15, 2003.

“Wide World of Weblogs.” Workshop at the Chicago Library System on April 1, 2003.

“From Your Hands to Theirs: A Handheld Workshop for Librarians.” Workshop for the Western New York Libraries Resources Council on November 15, 2002.

“Making the Connection: It’s All in Hands Reach.” a presentation on handheld computing for the CALL/MALL Joint Meeting on November 7-9, 2002 in Urbana, IL.

“From Pocket to Palm: Hotsync Yourself to the Latest Information on Handheld Computers and Libraries.” A panel presentation with Jenny Levine and Tom Peters at the Illinois Library Association Annual Conference, September 25-27, 2002.

“The Forecast for Tomorrow Is… Top Tech Trends in Illinois and Beyond.” A panel presentation with Tom Peters, Paul Mills, and Matt Gullett at the Illinois Library Association Annual Conference, September 25-27, 2002.

“Current PDA Software and Future Trends.” Part of an afternoon workshop entitled SLS Technology Summit: Implementing PDA Projects in All Types of Libraries on May 9, 2002 at the Suburban Library System, Burr Ridge, IL.

“Hands on High Tech: PDA Primer.” Part of an all-day workshop for the Illinois Library Association’s RTSF Technology Users Group on May 8, 2002 at North Suburban Library System, Wheeling, IL.

“Bringing the PDA into Library and Information Sciences: Library and Information Applications for Palms and Related Wireless Devices.” Presentation for Information in a Networked World: Harnessing the Flow, ASIST 2001 Annual Meeting, J. W. Marriott Hotel, Washington, D. C., November 3-8, 2001.

“Affiliating With Online Vendors: Productive Partnerships?” Part of a panel discussion organized by ALCTS Acquisitions Section's Acquisitions Librarians/Vendors of Library Materials Discussion Group at the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting, January 2001.

“The Works of Evelyn Waugh: A Sampling From the Berenice Lawler O’Brien Collection.” Exhibited in the Rare Book Gallery, Rebecca Crown Library, Rosary College from August 15 through October 30, 1995.

“The Caxton Club Connection: Frank Lloyd Wright in Oak Park” & “Hemingway: The Oak Park Years and Beyond.” Curated with Michael Godow and Barbara Ballinger. The Ernest Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park, Oak Park Public Library, & Rosary College. Exhibited in the Rare Book Gallery, Rebecca Crown Library, Rosary College from January 16 through June 30, 1995.


American Historical Association

American Library Association

Library Administration and Management Association

• Systems and Services Section’s Management Practices committee, 1999-2003.

• Public Relations Section’s Governmental Advocacy Skills committee, 1999-2003.

Chicago Association of Law Libraries  (2000-2004 only)

• Meetings Committee, 2001-2002.

• Public Relations Committee, 2001-2002.

• Empowering Paraprofessionals in CALL Special Committee, 2001-2004.

• Chair of the Salary Survey Committee, 2002-2004.

Caxton Club

Health Science Librarians of Illinois (2000-2003 only)

Illinois Academic and College Library Association

Illinois Library Association

• Forum Manager for the Resources and Technical Services Forum, 2000-2001.

• Resources and Technical Services Forum’s Planning committee, 1993-2002.

• Resources and Technical Services Forum’s Awards committee, 1999-2002.

• Membership Committee, 2002-2004.

Illinois OCLC Users Group, Executive Board, Elected Member-at Large, 2002-2004.



Loyola University, Chicago, IL

Masters in Public History, December 2012.

Dominican University, River Forest, IL

Masters in Library and Information Sciences, August 1993.

Dominican University, River Forest, IL

Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in English and History, January 1992.

Roosevelt University, Chicago, IL

Coursework in computer science as a Student-at-Large.

University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL

Coursework towards a Masters of Arts degree in Early Modern History.


Reading knowledge of Spanish, French, & German.