Participant Info

First Name
Last Name
Marion H. Skidmore Library, Lily Dale Assembly, Inc.
Website URL
Spiritualism, Occult studies, Freethought, Burned-Over District, Victorian era, woman suffrage, special collections, mediumship, historical social movements, phrenology, New Thought, psychic research,
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Personal Info

About Me

Amanda M. Shepp received her MLS in Library & Information Science in 2013 from the State University of New York at Buffalo. After graduation, she worked on a variety of library and museum projects for the Center For Inquiry including digitization, digital collections management, and working with rare books. In 2014, she was hired by the Lily Dale Assembly as the first professional Librarian of the Marion H. Skidmore Library, a special collections and rare books facility which houses the largest private library collection of Spiritualist and Occult books in the world. In 2016, she became the Library Director, and in 2017 she was presented with the WNYLRC Excellence in Library Service Award for her efforts in revitalizing and creating the library’s collections as they are currently seen. She presents and writes on topics related to the digitization of institutional collections, particularly special library collections and museum collections, and also on historical subjects within the realms of the paranormal, Spiritualism, and the Occult. When she isn’t presenting on library-related topics, she’s homebrewing, cooking with science, and loving life with her husband Chris.

Recent Publications
Media Coverage
Country Focus
United States
Expertise by Geography
United States
Expertise by Chronology
19th century, Early Modern, Modern, 20th century, 21st century
Expertise by Topic
Human Rights, Libraries & Archives, Medicine, Religion, Women