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Alumna makes her own history at the Library of Congress

Paulette Marie Hasier ('04 PhD, History)

Paulette Marie Hasier ('04 PhD, History) is used to studying history, not making it. But as the first female chief of the Geography and Map Division at the Library of Congress, she finds herself changing the topography of library and information sciences.

Dr. Hasier began her career at the Dallas Public Library in charge of special collections archives, documenting the city's history before working her way through key private-sector positions and federal government service as a geospatial intelligence analyst.

"Dr. Hasier is an outstanding demonstration of what it means to be a Maverick—dedicated, talented, and committed to doing the best job possible," says Scott W. Palmer, professor and chair of UTA's Department of History. "We are extremely proud of what she has achieved and to count her among our many successful alumni."

With nearly 20 years of library and geospatial information program management experience, Hasier has managed an estimated 1 million maps at both the U.S. National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and at the Pentagon Map Library. Now, she leads a team responsible for one of the world's largest map collections, holding some 6 million cartographic items dating back to the 14th century.

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