Meet Nancy Burford, Veterinary Collections Curator

By Marketing and Communications | 11-22-2016

Nancy is an associate professor, Veterinary Collections Curator and has worked for the Libraries over 30 years.

Favorite Aggie Tradition
My favorite tradition is the “Aggie Spirit” – that attachment that students have to the school and their fellow students, no matter their graduation date.

What all do you do for Texas A&M Libraries?
In the last few years, my attention has been focused on the Historical Veterinary Research Collection (HVRC), acquiring, cataloging, and organizing the materials in it, and most recently I was the project manager for the renovation of the space for the HVRC. Throughout 30 years I’ve done a lot of different tasks, starting out in circulation/shelving, then systems, then technical services.  I’ve done monographic and serials acquisitions and cataloging, in both print and electronic formats and I’ve been the system administrator for the MSL catalog database for the last two systems (since 1990). 

What is the thing you are most proud of accomplishing? 
It’s hard to look at one or even two things I’m most proud of accomplishing, but they all center on the Historical Veterinary Research Collection.  We’ve been fortunate that a number of large, important private collections in veterinary medicine and agriculture have either gone to auction or been offered to us for purchase. We have not limited acquisitions to print, but we’ve also acquired artifacts and manuscripts that help illustrate the history of the veterinary profession, both civilian and military. We have a collection that is recognized by experts in the US and the UK as one of the best collections in veterinary medicine in the world – if not the best.  When you add in the very large circulating collection in veterinary medicine, as well as the journals, I think it’s definitely the best.

What do you wish more at Texas A&M knew about the Libraries?  
I wish more knew that we have such a fabulous collection in veterinary medicine, dating from the 16th century through the 20th century.

What do you most enjoy helping students, or faculty, or staff with?
Access to information – that’s what I’ve worked on for years.  Everything we catalog, we think about how people can discover the information that is contained within.

What do you do in your spare time?
I’ve always loved gardening, terrestrial and aquatic, though my yard doesn’t bear witness.  I have a lily pond in my yard with over four dozen goldfish at last estimate. And I knit, especially socks, and have fun with my children and grandchildren.