Have you have ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes at your favorite museum? At this roundtable, you will get a chance to talk with a diverse group of alumni who have been working at institutions ranging from academic libraries, to city museums, to local community libraries. Large or small, public or private, museums and libraries play a vital role in educating and providing resources for communities. This roundtable will help introduce you to various ways to translate your passions for public education into a career.
Patricia Gibbons, AB'94, MA'96 University of Washington; MLIS'10 University of Illinois
Head of Collection Management, The University of Chicago Library, SCRC
Ms. Gibbons graduated from the College in 1994 with a degree in anthropology. She earned a masters degrees in museum studies from the University of Washington in 1996, and library and information science from the University of Illinois in 2010. She began working in museums during her time in the College, and since has expanded her career to preservation work in libraries and archives. Ms. Gibbons joined the staff at the University of Chicago Library's Special Collections in 2004 as the preservation manager, and was promoted to the head of collection management. She is an active volunteer for the World Kite Museum's oral history program, writes a quarterly column in a national kitefliers' journal, and has published articles and book chapters about the preservation of cultural heritage material.
Alexa Diogenes Hamilton, AB'06, MLIS'11 Pratt
Librarian, Chicago Public Library
Ms. Hamilton graduated from the College in 2006 with a degree in psychology. During her time at the College, she enjoyed stage managing at University Theatre, being an RA in Maclean, and teaching drama to high school students at Kenwood Academy. After graduation, these experiences enabled her to continue working with children and teens in a variety of settings, including the library. She received a master's degree in library and information science from Pratt Institute in 2011. Ms. Hamilton returned to Chicago to take a position with Chicago Public Library. She currently works in Children's Services at Harold Washington Library Center.
Michal Lynn Shumate, AB'09
Administrative Director, Low-Residency MFA, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Ms. Shumate is a writer and researcher who draws from a background in dressmaking, theater production, and collections management. Her work often takes the form of performative lectures and investigates contemporary fashion and the spaces in which it happens: fashion exhibitions and runway shows and, more recently, domestic spaces and closets in particular. She is the Administrative Director of the Low-Residency MFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) and is an MA candidate in SAIC's Visual and Critical Studies program. Since 2009, she has been involved with events, exhibitions, and cataloging projects in Chicago's Fashion Resource Center.
Daniel Urbina-McCarthy, AB'09
Assistant Director of Admissions, The University of Chicago
Mr. Urbina-McCarthy graduated from the College in 2009, majoring in art history with a focus on 19th century European art. As an undergraduate, he participated in men's rugby, water polo, Friends of Washington Park tutoring, FOTA, as well as interning with the Chicago Art Journal. Currently, he works for the University's Office of Undergraduate Admissions as a member of the international team. Prior to returning to the University, he worked at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago for five years. In his spare time, he is a member of the Hyde Park Art Center's Education Committee, focusing on alumni and program development for HPAC's Center and Bridge Programs.