Sharad J. Shah

Collections Management Librarian

As Collections Management Librariam Sharad serves as the Branch Head of the Museum Support Center (MSC) Library, and works in various locations where library branches may have ongoing collections projects.

Prior to joining the Smithsonian, Sharad (rhymes with "Jared") spent four years working in the Library of Congress's Rare Books and Special Collections Division (RBSCD) and the U.S. Copyright Office. Before moving to the DC-Metro area, he lived in Wilmington, North Carolina, where he worked as an archivist, historical consultant, and in special collections at UNC-Wilmington's William Randall Library, the New Hanover County Public Library, and the Wrightsville Beach Museum of History.

In his free time, Sharad enjoys traveling, reading history-related topics, hitting the gym, rooting for his Philadelphia teams (go, Eagles, Flyers, Phillies, and Sixers!), playing video games (fan of Fallout and Red Dead Redemption), and binge-watching Netflix and HBO.


Certified Archivist (CA), The Academy of Certified Archivists (2013)

MSLIS (concentration in Cultural Heritage Information Management), The Catholic University of America (2013)

MA in History (concentration in Public History), The University of North Carolina-Wilmington (2008)

BAs in English and History (minor in Film Studies), The University of North Carolina-Wilmington (1999)


American Library Association (ALA), American Historical Association (AHA), American Alliance of Museums (AAM), Society of American Archivists (SAA), Academy of Certified Archivists (ACA), Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference (MARAC), Washington Rare Book Group (WRBG).