Theresa A. R. Embrey, Director of Library Services (Chief Librarian)

Director of Library Services  (Chief Librarian)

Theresa (Teri) A. R. Embrey is the department lead on library acquisitions, cataloging of library materials, reference and reader services, and conservation and preservation of the Library’s rare books. She also serves as a historian for the Library and its collections.

Teri is the recipient of the 2006 Illinois Library Association TBS, Inc. (Today’s Business Solutions) Technical Service Award and the 2006 Library Leadership Award from the Metropolitan Library System.

She graduated from Dominican University with a Bachelor of Arts in English and History and a Masters in Library and Information Sciences. She later earned a Masters of Arts in Public History at Loyola University Chicago.

Her professional associations currently include the American Library Association, Association of College and Research Libraries, the Illinois Library Association, and the Society for Military History.

She has published and presented numerous articles on innovations in technology applicable to libraries and on historical topics ranging from the English Civil War to World War I. Her current research interests include the American Civil War, WWI music, WWII in the Pacific, and women and the military.