Dr. Barger has worked in the field of conservation for over thirty years in various capacities as a conservation scientist, an educator both on the university level and for professional development for non-conservators, and as as a field services consultant to small museums and archives. She taught at Johns Hopkins University and the University of New Mexico. She was the manager of the Small Museum Development Project and the director of Museum Development Associates, both organizations aimed at improving the infrastructure of small museums in New Mexico. She has also served the conservation field as an officer in CIPP and in outreach activities for other local and regional conservation organizations. Currently she serves as the Community Coordinator for the Connecting to Collections Care Program of the FAIC. She lives with a bagpiper and a large cat.