The Art Institute of Chicago

Continuing my accidental habit of working in beautiful buildings (the Chicago Cultural Center, the Poetry Foundation, the Library of Congress), I spent some time as a special collections librarian at the Art Institute’s Ryerson and Burham libraries. The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events had recently closed, and I was preparing for graduate school at Indiana University. This position gave me a chance to interact with researchers from all over the world, and gain exposure to ideas, people, and artistic movements that I previously knew nothing about. On a practical level, I was able to learn yet another species of FileMaker, another CMS, another in-house wiki site, and another information system altogether. These really begin to add up; I am now able to approach most back-end systems with a diverse range of experiences and an acquired fearlessness.

Art Institute Lion
The famous lions outside the Art Institute

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