Name, job title, and location: Emily Baldoni, Metadata Librarian for Digital and Special Collections, Lauinger Library.
What do you do, in 10 words or less? I catalog rare books for Special Collections and manage DigitalGeorgetown metadata.
Where are you from? I'm originally from Normal, Illinois. It's a college town, right in the middle of the state, surrounded by cornfields and very, very flat—the kind of place where you get a lot of tornados in the summer. David Foster Wallace lived there when he taught for Illinois State University in the 90s; I get a kick out of reading his essays and finding veiled references to the town that I grew up in.
Do you have any hobbies? I love listening to music, running, and cooking (though generally not all three at the same time). I also play the piano; at the moment, I just have a little electronic keyboard in my apartment, but my dream someday is to get an actual piano.
What's your favorite thing about Georgetown? I love the Georgetown campus, with its perch on the edge of the Potomac. As a horror movie fan, I also enjoy recognizing parts of the campus and neighborhood that were used in the shooting of The Exorcist (especially on foggy autumn nights, when the setting becomes especially atmospheric).
How do you feel about winter? I am pro-winter. I actually really like going for runs on particularly cold days. Before moving to D.C., I lived in Boston for 13 years, so the significantly smaller average snowfall here has taken a bit of getting used to!
What are you proudest of? Teaching. In addition to working for Georgetown, I'm also an adjunct professor in the library science program at Simmons University. The experience of teaching students and helping them learn often-difficult concepts and systems is incredibly satisfying.
What are your favorite hidden talents? I'm really good at dealing with the bugs (especially centipedes and spiders) that inevitably end up in your apartment when you live in a humid climate like D.C.'s, and my partner asks me to employ this talent frequently. I favor a "capture and release" strategy, whereby neither the humans nor the bugs involved come to any harm (except in the case of mosquitos, which I believe in exterminating without mercy).
If you didn’t work in your current field, what would you be doing? That's a tough one. In college, I actually started out as a physics major. I switched to comparative literature after a few semesters, but sometimes I wonder what might have happened if I'd stayed in a science or engineering field. I really enjoy things with a systematic aspect, which might explain how I ended up on the metadata side of library science!