Yesterday, SALS members and I traveled to Indianapolis to visit the Children’s Museum, Indianapolis Museum Art and the Stout Reference Library

We first stopped at the Indianapolis Children’s Museum. Their mission is to create extraordinary learning experiences, across the arts, sciences, and humanities. The museum houses over 120,000 artifacts and specimens of all spaces and sizes. After evaluating and experiencing accessibility, user services and experiences, we traveled to the Indy Art Museum.

We first met with Alba Fernandez-Keys, the Head of Libraries and Archives at the Stout Reference Library. The Stout Reference Library is a non-circulating research collection that is available to IMA staff, docents, students, collectors, researchers, and community members who conduct research on IMA collections and the visual arts in general. The collection of about 100,000 volumes includes books, magazines and journals, auction catalogs, ephemera files, and museum and gallery publications from around the world. The library also subscribes to a number of electronic databases that support art historical and market research. New books are regularly added to our collection.After she gave us a brief tour of the closed stacks, we sat and had a wonderful Q & A session. Alba was very informative and honest during our discussion. We talked about the Stout Library and who it serves, budget cuts, diversity in the workplace, and fair pay to those who intern. I loved meeting with Alba, SALS had yet to meet with a Librarian who works in a museum. We have only really met with librarians in academic settings. A couple of new SALS members joined us and were very please to have met with Alba and are looking forward to our next trip, which will be St. Louis, MO in April. After we met with Alba, we toured the galleries! The IMA has such a great African and Oceanic Collection.