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The hiring of graduates from Library/Information Studies programs is an emerging trend in museums. Librarians inherit well-developed, established, agreed-upon data standards and systems for like objects, which they use and refine. In comparison, museums are in the early stages of standards development for unique objects. Museums are thinking more than ever about user access and commitment to service, which has long been a library focus. Are fuller collaborations between museum departments and disciplines emerging? With new activities, are hybrid positions evolving? In this roundtable session we will discuss the impact of this cross-pollination between disciplines, the effect on museum processes for development of collection content, and whether graduate schools are offering needed preparation.

Co-chaired by Robyn Sanford, Associate Registrar, Database Manager and Special Projects, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and Diana Folsom, Systems Manager, Los Angeles County Museum of Art  


Layna White, Head of Collections Information & Access, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Maggie Hanson, Collections Information Manager, Portland Art Museum
Jana Hill, Associate Registrar, Collection Information, Registrar's Office, Amon Carter Museum of American Art

Susana Tejada, Head of Research Resources, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY

Gabriela Zoller, Art Cataloger / Project Manager, IMLS Museums for America Grant, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY

Paul Marty, Associate Professor, School of Library and Information Studies, Florida State University


Sponsored by the MCN Cal SIG (California Special Interest Group)



Susana Tejada is head of the Department of Research Resources at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, where she is responsible for managing a reference and research library that fulfills the needs of its curatorial, education, and publication departments, and provides staff, visitors, and scholars with accessible, comprehensive information on contemporary visual culture, the museum’s collections, and the history of the institution. Susana also serves on the Albright-Knox’s curatorial team and has organized a number of exhibitions that integrate and draw from the museum collections—both art and archival—to include: The Brave Buffalo: Abstract Expressionism and the City, Clyfford Still: Selections from the Gallery Archives, and Cover to Cover: Works and Words from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery.

Susana’s professional and research interests lie at the point where contemporary art and archives intersect, more specifically how archives and special collections can enrich our critical engagement with contemporary art and how the museum library and archive can be an ideal entry point for the public to question, embrace, and explore diverse artistic forms and traditions.

Susana received her B.A. in Fine Arts and Medieval and Renaissance Studies from New York University and her Masters of Information and Library Studies from the University of Michigan. She has held previous positions with the University at Buffalo Libraries, the New York State Documentary Heritage Program, the University of Michigan’s

Bentley Historical Library, the University of Southern California’s Department of Special Collections, and the New York Public Library’s Manuscripts and Archives Division.


Layna White is Head of Collections Information and Access at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Her department is responsible for managing the advancement of the Museum's collections management system; creating and maintaining visual documentation for works of art; managing inquiries related to intellectual property; and fostering information sharing about the Museum's collection. Prior to joining SFMOMA in 2003, Layna was Collections Information Manager for the Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts, UCLA. Degrees in art history (California State University Long Beach) and library science (UCLA) complement her interest in museum practices for description and documentation, as well as meeting pluralistic and changing needs for access to and use of digital content.


Gabriela Zoller is the Art Cataloger / Project Manager, IMLS Museums for America Grant at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery.  She is responsible for leading a team that will, over the course of the two-year grant term, enhance the cataloging in the Gallery's collection database to ensure efficient access to quality information about museum objects and related activities. From 2006-2010, she served as Technical Services Librarian in the Gallery’s Department of Research Resources, where she applied her interest and expertise in organizing information about collections and making them accessible to Gallery stakeholders, scholarly researchers, and the general public alike.  Gabriela holds an MLS from Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA; an MA in English from the University of Pennsylvania; and a BA, summa cum laude, from the University of Colorado, Boulder. She has previously held positions with the Othmer Library of Chemical History, Chemical Heritage Foundation, Philadelphia, and the Historical Medical Library, The College of Physicians of Philadelphia.


Maggie Hanson recently transitioned into a new position as Collections Information Manager at the Portland Art Museum (OR), having spent the last four years working in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art Research Library.  She is currently managing a project to standardize existing metadata about PAM’s collections, implement best-practice standards for digitization and data entry, and develop online collections.  Maggie holds an M.L.I.S. from ULCA and undergraduate degrees in English Language and Literature and Medieval Studies from Smith College.  She is also an alumna of the Northfield Mount Hermon School.    


Jana Hill is Associate Registrar, Collection Information at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art where she is responsible for the collection management system, permanent collection documentation and digitization, and intellectual property and ownership. She is currently the project director for two large scale digitization and documentation projects funded by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and a multi-year intellectual property research project in partnership with the Texas Wesleyan University School of Law. Jana holds an MS in library science with an emphasis on digital image management and a BFA in art history and studio art from the University of North Texas.


Paul Marty is an Associate Professor in the School of Library and Information Studies  within the College of Communication of Information at Florida State University. He has a background in ancient history and computer science engineering, and his Ph.D. is from the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research and teaching interests include museum informatics, information behavior, and user-centered design. His current research focuses on the evolution of sociotechnical systems and collaborative work practices, digital convergence and the evolving roles of information professionals, and involving users in the co-construction of digital knowledge.


Session Info

  • Type: Round-table
  • Keywords:library, museum, metadata, information studies, collaboration, collection management, data standards, cataloguing, museum professional trends
  • Relevance: Target: Museum information specialists in various departments Relevance: This is a new trend. We need to consider how this new practice is working in museums.

Comments (1)

Emily Tuck said

at 1:56 pm on Aug 21, 2010

I wouldn't mind being in on the discussion, but it looks to me as if the panel is already pretty full. I have been trying to organize a similar sort of roundtable at AAM next year. Here is a link to my resume: http://emilytuck.com/resumeofEmilyNedellTuck.pdf and website. I've spent the last 9 months writing about CCO and applying library standards to museum cataloging.

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