As Education and Outreach Librarian for the Lilly Library, Maureen Maryanski coordinates some 300 classes and tours each year, providing high quality instruction using special collections materials to undergraduates, graduate students, school children, and community groups. She also coordinates outreach initiatives, including managing the Lilly Library Instagram account; and as a part of the public services team, she provides reference services in person, via email, and over the telephone.
Maureen is an active writer and speaker in the area of special collections and outreach. Recent publications include “Teaching with Special Collections: Alliances Between Cultural Heritage Professionals” in Lynne M. Thomas and Beth Whittaker, ed., New Directions for Special Collections: An Anthology of Practice (Libraries Unlimited, 2016) and “Ginger Rogers: She Could Even Shed Her Own Light” in America’s Irreplaceable Dance Treasures (Dance Heritage Coalition, 2016). Her presentations include “Better Together: Bridging the Gap Between Colleges and Cultural Institutions” at the New York City Museum Educators Roundtable (NYCMER) Annual Conference in 2016. She was also a 2013 recipient of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section (RBMS) Preconference Scholarship. Maureen’s research interests include women’s history, dance history, the history of the book, and teaching with special collections/primary sources.
Before joining the IU Libraries in 2017, Maureen served as Reference Librarian for Printed Collections at the New-York Historical Society, and prior to that as Dance Preservation and Archives Fellow for the Dance Heritage Coalition. She received all of her degrees from Indiana University: MA in History, MLS with specialization in rare books and manuscripts, and BA in History.