Bonnie S. Felts
Interim Reference Librarian
Bonnie started at the Smithsonian Libraries in May 2012 as a library technician, where she currently works in the Museum Studies Research Library, Smithsoniana, Vertebrate Paleontology library, and the National Museum of Natural History main library. Her background before coming to Smithsonian Libraries was in archives, which has come in handy for collections work and collections care.
Bonnie received her Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts from the University of Maryland in College Park, MD as a clarinet Music Performance major in 2005. While she was working on her undergraduate degree, she was a student assistant in the Special Collections in Performing Arts located within the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library. After finishing her undergraduate degree, she has continued to perform as a freelance musician in England, Africa, Mexico, California, New York, Boston, and even Carnegie Hall.
While employed by the College of Southern Maryland in the Southern Maryland Studies Center (a repository for Southern Maryland history and Genealogy), Bonnie finished her Associates of Science in Computer Science at the College of Southern Maryland in 2012. Her knowledge of technology helped to spearhead a digitization project that involved scanning a new collection of over 6000 negatives from a private donor, and began digitization and cataloging of other collections. Bonnie also helped in community activities that digitized the general public’s items for online exhibits. She has been credited and acknowledged for her research assistance in The Big Book of Maryland Ghost Stories, Pathways to History, Charles County, Maryland, 1658-2008, and Charles County Revisited (Images of America).
In 2015, Bonnie finished her Masters of Science in Library Science at the Clarion University of Pennsylvania with a concertation in archives and records management.