My Story

In hindsight, I realize I should have known from childhood that I would become a librarian. My brain seems innately hardwired for meticulous work, especially backstage meticulous work. It is a fortunate person who finds herself temperamentally suited to the work of her vocation. It is rewarding to find oneself in the place just right doing work that matters, work that benefits one’s students and colleagues. As a librarian, I work mostly out of public view, creating and maintaining metadata that describes the library’s information resources. The quality of the records in our catalog must meet established standards and codes to enable students and other library users to find and use what is in our collection. At its heart, cataloging, like other library functions, is about serving users.

Mae Mah


  • B.A., Warren Wilson College
  • M.A., Purdue University
  • M.S., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Research Interests

  • Programming for community engagement
  • Digital storytelling

Courses Taught

  • HIS 3370: Change and Continuity in China (co-leader)
  • SOC 2510: Societies in Southeast Asia (guest speaker)

Crews and Other Activities

  • Organizer, Dean's List celebrations
  • Organizer, Exam Week activities

Contact Mei Mah

(828) 771-3054
Pew Learning Center and Ellison Library, 7B
WWC CPO 6390

PO Box 9000

Asheville, NC 28815-9000