Bachelor magna cum laude, Lawrence University, Appleton, Wisconsin, 1964. Master of Arts in Classics, Tufts University, 1965. Master of Science, University Illinois, 1975.
Assistant editor Scott, Foresman & Company, Glenview, Illinois, 1967-1968. Architect librarian University Kentucky, Lexington, 1976-1978. Humanities bibliographer University Illinois, Chicago, 1978-1980.
Assistant director collection development University Miami, Coral Gables, Florida, 1980-1982. Regional sales manager Blackwell N. American/B.H. Blackwell Ltd., Lake Oswego, Oregon, 1982-1986. Head librarian Pennsylvania State University, Abington, 1986-1991.
Assistant director collections, public services State University of New York, Stony Brook, 1991—1999. Dean library Washburn University, Kansas, 1999—2006, University Arkansas, Little Rock, since 2006. Member curriculum advisory committee Southern Connecticut State University School Library Science, New Haven, 1983-1985.
Member Illinois-Princeton Expedition to Morgantina, Sicily, 1970.
Member American Library Association, International Federation of Library Associations (governor board, professional board).
Married David Richards Helmstadter, May 7, l966 (divorced).