Mentorship Monday: In Memoriam, Rita O’Hara

Welcome to “Mentorship Monday”, where we will be featuring blog posts from our staff about their experiences with the Smithsonian Institution Mentorship program.This “Mentorship Monday” post was written by Bonnie Campbell Lilienfeld, Curator and Deputy Chair, Division of Home Life, National Museum of American History.  Bonnie mentored Smithsonian Libraries’ technician, Rita O’Hara, who sadly passed away in December of 2013. The Smithsonian Institution Mentorship Program is an annual 9-month program dedicated to more »

Mentorship Monday: David Opkins

Welcome to “Mentorship Monday,” where we will be featuring blog posts from our staff about their experiences with the Smithsonian Institution Mentorship program. This “Mentorship Monday” post was written by Dave Opkins, Administrative Project Specialist, Smithsonian Libraries Administration Services. The Smithsonian Institution Mentorship Program is an annual 9-month program dedicated to “developing leaders throughout the Institution” through professional development in the areas of networking, interpersonal skills, coaching, and institutional engagement.

Polly Khater Named Assistant Director for Discovery Services

The Smithsonian Libraries announces Polly Khater as the Assistant Director for Discovery Services. Khater has served as Discovery Services Manager since 2011, and was the Serials Cataloging Coordinator from 2008 to 2011. In her new position, Khater will direct and coordinate the efforts of the Discovery Services Division. She will provide oversight and support for resource acquisitions and work with her staff to provide access to the Libraries’ rich and unique collections more »

From Books to Art: Latin-American exchanges between the Hirshhorn and the IDB Cultural Center

 This post was written by Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Library volunteer, Elena Grant. The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Library is working on getting the attention of area’s curators to Smithsonian Libraries’ resources on Latin-American art and connecting them with the Hirshhorn Museum team.

So long, farewell!

It is with warm wishes that we send off four retiring employees! Best of luck to Alice, Ann, Dave, and Ron!

Defaced Donation Leads to Exhibition Exploration

This is a post written by Rita O’Hara who works at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Library. In February, Richard Koshalek, the Hirshhorn Museum director donated to the library a copy of The World Bank exhibition catalog entitled Imagining Our Future Together: South Asia Artists. The exhibit featured the winners of a regional art competition organized by the World Bank’s South Asia vice presidency and the World Bank Art Program. This more »

University of Wyoming Honors Director Nancy Gwinn

Nancy E. Gwinn, Director of the Smithsonian Libraries, received an honorary doctoral degree from University of Wyoming on May 11. It is the university’s highest award, and is given annually to individuals recognized internationally as leaders in their professions.

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