Rush University Medical Center
1700 W. Van Buren, Suite 086, Chicago, IL 60612
Phone: (312) 942-7214 • Fax: (312) 942-3342
Born and Lived: I was born and raised in Iowa. The most exotic place I have lived is Juneau, Alaska, and I have lived in Chicago, Illinois for eight years.
Professional Career and Activities: I have been a Librarian/Archivist at the Rush University Medical Center Archives in Chicago for six years. Before I came to Rush, I was an Archival Assistant at the American College of Surgeons, The Iowa Women’s Archives, the Center for Dubuque History, and the Illinois Regional Archives Depository.
I serve on the Steering Committee of the Chicago Area Archivists, and I’m a member of the Chicago Area Medical Archivists.
Family: I’m celebrating my fifteenth anniversary with my husband, Geoff Osterhaus, this year. Our daughter, Amelia, turned two in December 2011.
In My Spare Time: I love to get outside whenever I can. I enjoy hiking, geocaching, and exploring new cities. I love photographing everyday life, and I always have a camera with me.
Favorite Books: I love non-fiction and biographies. I recommend The Alex Studies, by Irene Pepperberg, which details her investigative work with the speaking capability of an African gray parrot. I also recently read Alison Arngrim’s Confessions of a Prairie Bitch: How I Survived Nellie Oleson and Learned to Love Being Hated, which was a fascinating memoir.
Pet Peeves: Defeatism and avoidable miscommunications.
Philosophy: There is always a way to move forward.
How/Where Do I See the Industry in Five Years: The industry has to continue to build a digital presence. Our users will increasingly develop the expectation that they do not need to travel to obtain the information they seek.
Leah was appointed Executive Director of the Charleston Conference in 2017, and has served in various roles with the Charleston Information Group, LLC, since 2004. Prior to working for the conference, she was Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions for the College of Charleston for four years. She lives in a small town near Columbia, SC, with her husband and two kids where they raise a menagerie of farm animals.