Lori is a Hoosier by birth. She has a B.S. in Finance from Ball State University and an M.L.S. from Indiana University. While at IU, Lori took the Government Documents course taught by Lou Malcomb. One of the things Lou told the class was that people who work with documents tend to become very enthusiastic and feel compelled to “spread the documents gospel.” Lori has found this to be true.
After obtaining her M.L.S. in 1987, Lori accepted a position as the State Documents Specialist at the St. Louis Public Library. In 1991, Lori moved to Louisiana and became the Government Documents Department Head at Southeastern Louisiana University’s Sims Memorial Library. She continued her involvement with state documents and served many terms as chair of the Louisiana Advisory Council for the State Documents Depository Program. Her curiosity about how other states were handling government publications led her to recruit Lou Malcomb and three other people to co-author a book with her on the topic. Tapping State Government Information Sources was published by Greenwood Press in 2003.
As she nears her 20th year of working with state and federal documents, Lori continues to feel compelled to spread the documents gospel.