Gail Bardhan has been a staff member of the Rakow Library since 1977. Prior to this, she was a reference librarian at Northwestern University, the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne (England), and the North Suburban Library System (Illinois).
At the Rakow Library, Bardhan has held a variety of positions: acquisitions coordinator, audiovisual collections librarian (under her supervision, the film and video collection grew from 80 titles to 1,800), and cataloger. She has been a reference librarian since 1998. Her special research areas include the Carder-Steuben archives, the Chambon collection, stained glass, pressed glass, the history of individual firms, Steuben Glass, and the varied collections of images and trade catalogs. She has given presentations on the Library collections to the Glass Art Society, at the Annual Seminar of The Corning Museum of Glass, at the American Glass Guild, and at Carder Symposiums. In addition, she was editor of a two-volume set of bibliographies of periodical articles previously published in individual issues of The Journal of Glass Studies. She also published an article in The Flow; “Breaking the Glass Ceiling,” on the topic of Women in Glass Before 1950.
Bardhan holds a B.A. in French from Denison University, and a M.L.S in Library Science from the University of Illinois.