Special Collections Librarian, Gardiner Public Library
Dawn Thistle is Library Director in the small town of Vassalboro, Maine, and the Special Collections Librarian of the Community Archives Room at the Gardiner Public Library. Her work allows her to connect directly with patrons, genealogists, and researchers, as well as with historical artifacts and materials. She is active with local preservation efforts and enjoys serving as a conduit between the community and its history.
Thistle holds a B.F.A. in Dramatic Writing from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts and an M.S. in Library and Information Science from Simmons College. She has also apprenticed at a small hand bindery, built trails and community gardens throughout the Midwest with AmeriCorps, and worked as a middle school librarian and high school teacher for students with emotional and behavioral disabilities.
Her research interests include preservation and conservation of books and artifacts; exploring personal connection and interaction with artifacts and locations of historical content, as well as how format (physical, digital, replica, etc.) impacts such connections and understanding. She is also interested in who uses (or does not use) libraries, museums, and historic collections — and why.