Getting Acquainted

Today was full of meeting new faces! I was able to attend the Staff Enrichment Breakfast where I met several people who work at NU's Library.

This included:

  • Nicole Finzer - Visual Resources Librarian at Repository & Digital Curation (R&DC) - My supervisor
  • Cara List - Head of the Art library
  • Karen Miller - Monographic Cataloger & Metadata specialist
  • Carolyn Caizzi - Leader of R&DC 
  • Jennifer Young - Librarian in the R&DC
  • Dru Parrish - Digitization & Metadata Coordinator for R&DC
  • Patrick Sifuentes - Public Services Music Librarian
  • Sigrid Perry - Library Assistant in the Charles Deering McCormick Library of Special Collections

I thoroughly enjoyed meeting with Cara at the Art Library. She explained to me the library's history and was kind enough to give me a tour. The Art Library holds over 160,000 books and journals about art, architecture, and design, with particular strengths in western 19th century art and architecture. Materials are located in the Eloise W. Martin Reading Room and the Architecture Reading Room on the third floor of Deering Library. This distinctive collection supports the research, teaching, and learning of Northwestern's departments of Art History and Art Theory and Practice; serves the art information needs of the entire Northwestern community; and provides art information to visiting scholars, students, artists, and researchers from around the world.

I sat down with Carolyn and she gave me the run down on the Library's Re-Org plan. And also how the R&DC's Plan and explained the three teams that make up the department: Repository Software Developers & Admin, Digital Curation & Metadata, and Collections Digitization. 

The R&DC Workgroup creates, acquires, and archives digital objects for long-term preservation and develops as well as deploys software to support the discovery, across, and use of digital resources by members of Northwestern University, scholarly communities, and the public. 

After absorbing all this information and meeting so many people, I walked over to the Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art to see "a feast of astonishments: Charlotte Moorman and the Avant-Garde 1960s-1980s. The exhibition was organized by the Block in partnership with Northwestern’s Charles Deering McCormick Library of Special Collections, home of the Charlotte Moorman Archive. Scott Krafft, the Curator at the Charles Deering McCormick Library of Special Collections gave new staff and I a tour of the exhibition, along with Corinne Granof?, Curator of Academic Programs.