Whether I’m building sustainable technical infrastructure for digital humanities projects, consulting on faculty projects, or teaching about Creative Commons or fair use, I count myself incredibly lucky to work in a field that fulfills me professionally, personally, intellectually, and socially. Being a librarian isn't just what I do. It's who I am. Not a gatekeeper, but a facilitator. Restrictions are uninteresting; I'm more interested in what we can do. Better yet, what we can do together!
I care deeply about digital scholarship and open access, which make the work of my scholarly community more accessible to the communities in which we are embedded. I believe our continued engagement is absolutely vital to the health of our society and am dedicated to creating safe and enriching spaces for that engagement to occur.
Mary Frances Ruth Gaede is far too much of a mouthful for everyday use, so it's just Franny. I grew up in the southwest, learning how to get sunburned in no more than 15 minutes. I attended the University of Arizona for most of my undergrad in History, finishing up at University of Texas at Austin. I loved Russian history and took two years of Russian language that I'm trying to keep with a daily dose of Duolingo. I stayed in Austin to complete my Master of Science in Information Studies, with a focus on digital libraries. There, I became fascinated with technology and startups and learned to love breakfast tacos.
These days, I live in Eugene, Oregon with my partner and two adorable kittens and serve as University of Oregon Libraries' Head of Digital Scholarship Services.