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, they coordinate and actively participate in reference services, instruction, outreach, exhibitions, and social media. During their tenure at the Lilly, they have 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. They 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.” They are the author of the catalogue published by IU Press to accompany the Frankenstein exhibition. In 2018, they were 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. They received their B.A. in English Literature from the University of Oklahoma in Norman, and their M.A. in English Literature and their M.L.S. with a specialization in Special Collections from Indiana University.