Rebecca Baumann is the Head of Public Services at the Lilly Library. Rebecca has worked in a number of positions at the Lilly Library since 2012, sharing the library’s eclectic and wide-ranging collections with visitors of all sorts. As Head of Public Services, she coordinates and actively participates in reference services, instruction, outreach, exhibitions, and social media. During her tenure at the Lilly, she has taught over 600 individual class sessions on the library’s collections, covering topics from medieval manuscripts to modern poetry and everything in between.
As adjunct faculty with the Department of Information and Library Science, Rebecca also teaches semester-long courses on The History of the Book, 1450 to the Present; Rare Book Librarianship; and Rare Book Curatorship. She co-curated the Lilly Library's 2012 exhibition on Charles Dickens, co-curated the 2014 exhibition on Magic and the Supernatural, and curated the 2018 exhibition “Frankenstein 200: The Birth, Life, and Resurrection of Mary Shelley’s Monster.” She is the author of the catalogue published by IU Press to accompany the Frankenstein exhibition. In 2018, she was named a “Bright Young Librarian” by Fine Books & Collections Magazine.
Rebecca’s research interests are centered on the history of the book, with special emphasis on 19th and 20th-century British and American science fiction, horror, crime, and other pulp genres. She received her B.A. in English Literature from the University of Oklahoma in Norman, and her M.A. in English Literature and her M.L.S. with a specialization in Special Collections from Indiana University.