Lori Dekydtspotter's primary expertise is in cataloging special collections and cataloging standards. She works primarily with the Wells Library collections (such as artist's books), and special items when needed for the Lilly Library. The Libraries are undergoing a strategic planning process that will place an emphasis on making special collections and archives increasingly discoverable systemwide.
Prior to assuming her current role as the Senior Rare Materials Cataloging Librarian at the Wells Library Cataloging Department, Lori served in several positions at the Lilly Library, including as the Head of Technical Services. She has earned a B.A. in English, an M.A. in Rhetoric and Composition, and an M.L.S. with a Rare Books and Manuscripts Specialization. She serves on local committees (such as the Bibliographical Faculty Council and InULA) and several national committees, including the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section (RBMS), the Bibliographic Standards Committee, and the ALA Conference Planning Committee. Lori has taught several courses for the Department of Information and Library Science, most recently The History of the Book to 1450 (fall 2023); she has stepped back from that class in order to co-teach a spring course, ILS-Z504 Cataloging.
Lori states, "It's a privilege to with work with such fine colleagues and materials. I learn something new every day and it is a pleasure to be at work at the Wells Cataloging Department."