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First Name
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Western New York Library Resources Council
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Western New York, New York State, suffrage, WWII, immigrants, pioneers, military, Native American, archives, American history
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About Me

Heidi A. Ziemer



My Vision:

I would like to work in a collaborative environment where we find creative ways to inspire people seeking new information and experiences in pursuit of lifelong learning.



Here is what I’ve been doing professionally

Outreach & Digital Services Coordinator, 2018-present

Western New York Library Resources Council, Buffalo, NY

Coordinating and developing strategies for promoting libraries and library services in the wider community and among resource allocators; providing assistance and support for digital collections development projects among our member libraries

Outreach & Member Services, 2015-2017

Western New York Library Resources Council, Buffalo, NY

Coordinating and developing training and other professional development and networking activities for staff of member organizations; act as Council liaison for several committees and projects


Regional Archivist, 1990-2015

Western New York Library Resources Council’s Documentary Heritage Program, Buffalo, NY

Offering advisory services, consulting reports, training, advocacy and other support services to organizations managing historical records collections in six counties

Adjunct Professor, 2015-2016

Medaille College, Buffalo, NY

Developed and presented two undergraduate courses in Spring 2015: New York State History and Justice & Democracy in America and New York State History again in Spring 2016.

Substitute Teacher/Home Hospital Instructor, 2007-2015

Erie 1 BOCES Home/Hospital Instruction, Williamsville Central School District, Maryvale School District and, Lancaster Central School District (January 2014-June 2017)

Providing both in-class and one-on-one instruction to students at all grade levels in multiple disciplines

Archives in Education Consultant, 2009-2012

Albion Central School District (and school districts in Erie, Genesee, Niagara and Orleans Counties)

Designed and presented multiple local and off-site (Washington, D.C. and Boston, MA) sessions for elementary and secondary teachers seeking to use primary sources in the classroom through a Teaching American History grant of the Albion Central School District

Appraisal Archivist, 1987-1989

National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.

Working as an Appraisal Archivist in the Center for Electronic Records, evaluating, describing and organizing records of both civilian and military agencies of the federal government.


Here is my educational background

2007    University at Buffalo, State University of New York

  • Graduate Certificate (Initial Certification) Adolescent Education, Social Studies, k-12

1989    National Archives & Records Administration, Washington, D.C.

  • Successfully completed the Career Intern Development Training Program

1985      University at Buffalo, State University of New York

  • A., Political Science (Graduated Cum Laude)


1982    Allegheny College, Meadville, PA

  • A., Political Science (History Minor)
Recent Publications

Freelance writing and research:


200 Years on the Erie Canal, online exhibit (at:

The true story of the Buffalo Newsies (at:

The Albion Winegar Tourgee Papers: Documenting an American Dialogue on Humanity, Equality & Justice (at:

            Women’s History in Western New York (libguide at:

            Military History in Western New York (libguide at:

               “Top Contributor” on Trip Advisor


A Day That Will Live in Infamy – 75 Years Later (Fall 2016, Western New York Heritage magazine)

Pitching Magic: How Professional Baseball Enchanted the People of Lockport, New York in the War Years (Spring 2014, Western New York Heritage magazine)

An American Abroad: Howells Writes Home (Winter 2014, Prologue magazine)

At the Brink: Confederate Conspirators or Peace Brokers in Canada? (Winter 2014, Western New York Heritage magazine)

The Activist Judge (Winter 2012, New York Archives magazine)

Top of the First: Early Baseball Legends from Western New York (Spring 2011, Western New York Heritage magazine, vol. 14, no. 1,

The Long and Short of It: Are Small Cultural Institutions Threatened in the Post-9/11 Era, and Does Anybody Care? (Spring 2003, History News, AASLH)

Behind the Pan with Uncle Hank (2001, 19th Century magazine, Victorian Society in America)

What the American Soldier Thinks (1991, National Archives, Reference Information Paper #78

Powerpoint Presentations

Women’s History in Western New York (for the Elementary/Secondary) Classroom

Finding New York Women’s History on the Internet

Media Coverage
Country Focus
United States
Expertise by Geography
North America, United States
Expertise by Chronology
18th century, 19th century, Early Modern, Modern, 20th century, 21st century
Expertise by Topic
American Civil War, American Revolution, American Founding Era, American Presidents, Art & Architectural History, Book History, Capitalism, Children & Youth, Colonialism, Diplomacy, Disability, Emancipation, Family, Food History, Government, Holocaust & Nazi Persecution, Human Rights, Indigenous Peoples, Libraries & Archives, Local & Regional, Migration & Immigration, Military, Museums, Politics, Public History, Rebellion & Revolution, Rural & Agrarian History, Slavery, Women, World War I, World War II