Maureen Maryanski is a recent graduate of Indiana University, having earned dual masters degrees in History and Library Science with a specialization in Rare Books and Manuscripts. A native of Indiana, she also has a BA in History from IU, as well as a strong background in modern dance and dance history. As an IMLS fellow for the Dance Heritage Coalition, she worked for the first part of the summer at the Dance Notation Bureau in New York City processing archival collections and creating finding aids. Next, Maureen will be working with the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company (also in New York City) as they prepare for their upcoming 45th anniversary. In addition to her focus in dance archives, she is interested conservation and preservation, exhibition planning and installation, and public services librarianship, especially focused in special collections and rare books. Much of this interest stems from her work at the Lilly Library in Bloomington, Indiana where Maureen worked as an intern and graduate student.

The Dance Heritage Coalition received a generous grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to support Fellowships in Preservaton and Archives for master’s degree students.  The IMLS funds support a group of seven students for each of the three summers from 2012 to 2014. Students receive training in dance-related librarianship and archival practices at one of the DHC nationally distinguished dance archives, a practicum placement at a smaller dance collection like a dance company or historical society, and travel to national conferences.

The Dance Heritage Coalition is the sole national nonprofit organization that works to document and preserve the records of America’s dance legacy and to ensure access to the materials for use by scholars and critics, faculty and their students, and the general public. http://danceheritage.org/

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The Institute’s mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas. www.imls.gov


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