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Intern and Volunteer Spotlight


Sean Briscoe

The Sonoma State Library has many intelligent, admirable, and friendly employees that make an intern feel a part of the library staff. The staff has allowed me to fully explore the many different areas that make up a library.
Our most recent intern, Sean worked in the Special Collections Department to earn credit towards his master’s degree in Information and Library Science from San Jose State University. His degree was awarded in December 2014. The internship focused on the organization of the Lynn Woolsey Congressional Papers. In addition, Sean worked on Special Collections projects as an undergraduate at SSU, helping to create the Roy Maxwell Talbot Digital Collection and the Notable Women of the North Bay Online Exhibit.

Special Collections explores many different aspects of North Bay history. I have fallen in love with Sonoma County and the Bay Area. With an undergraduate background in history, the collections here allow me to explore the rich history of the region.

Currently, Sean is working as a professional cataloger for the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. When Sean is not working or studying, he enjoys cycling, backpacking, fishing, hiking, and reading. He currently plays on two hockey teams. The University Library is extremely fortunate to have Sean onboard.


Judy Hudson


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Judy earned her master’s degree in Library Science from Syracuse University in 1969 and started her career as a professional cataloger at New York State University College at Potsdam. By the time she retired, in 1997, she was Head of Cataloging for the State University of New York at Albany.  After making the move to California, she still wanted to work.Judy Hudson, a professional cataloger, has been an extraordinary volunteer in Special Collections since 2000. She catalogs the unusual books, maps and media that are added to the collections and is integral to projects related to the Gaye LeBaron Collection and the Hector Lee Folklore Digital Collection.

“I wasn't quite ready to stop being a librarian and I was especially interested in the Gaye LeBaron files.  I have learned a lot about the history of Sonoma County and its people.”

Never idle, Judy volunteers at the Luther Burbank Home & Gardens Gift Shop, as well, and enjoys visiting art exhibits and gardens, reading, and playing bridge.

Walter Roeder


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 “In my retirement I was looking for some volunteer work that I could easily do.  I looked at the SSU Library and the campus and liked the atmosphere, so I had an interview there and was assigned to Special Collections.”Walter received his master’s degree in Library Science from Syracuse University in 1954. His library career began at the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library (NY).  In 1968, Walter made the move to Cal Poly Pomona Library and stayed until 1992. Starting as a reference librarian, he moved on to head the Reference Department for 16 years. Walter Roeder has volunteered his professional services to Special Collections since 1994.  He assists with rare materials and has written articles about them. His most noteworthy contribution has been the organization of the personal papers of Leopold Justi, a Sonoma County pioneer (1860s-1940s).


 “I enjoyed working on the Justi Collection. It was an amazing experience to open each of the 56 boxes of papers and find letters written during the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and to follow Justi's career as Justice of the Peace, wine maker, insurance agent and farmer.”

A great lover of music, Walter plays double bass in the Petaluma Community Band.  Previously, he played with the Claremont Symphony Orchestra and the Baroque Sinfonia at Santa Rosa Junior College.

Other activities include volunteering at the History Room in the Petaluma Regional Library and following baseball.  He has been an avid fan since 1939.