Museums and Libraries

Museums and libraries serve an important role in building education and social resources for communities. Public, private, large, small, traditional, or modern, these institutions can take many forms. At this roundtable, you will have the opportunity to meet and speak with alumni who work at a variety of museums and libraries. The roundtable will introduce you to the museum and library industries, and help you develop your interests into a career.

Roundtable Participants

Christina Gomez, AB'85, MBA'87, Ph.D. Harvard University

Professor of Liberal Studies, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Ms. Gómez is a Professor of Liberal Arts and Director of Academic Affairs for Diversity and Inclusion at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). Her research focuses on racial identity construction in the United States, discrimination, and immigration. She is the author of numerous articles, and editor of Mi Voz, Mi Vida: Latino College Students Tell Their Life Stories (2007), and Mixed: Multiracial College Students Tell Their Life Stories (2014). Ms. Gomez received her degree and MBA from the UChicago and a Ph.D. from Harvard University in Sociology. She has received numerous prizes and fellowships, including the Henry Luce Scholars Fellowship, Social Science Research Council Grant, and a National Science Foundation Fellowship. She grew up in the Pilsen/Little Village neighborhoods of Chicago. (Table 82)

Lauren Makholm, AB'10

Prooduction Coordinator, Art Institute of Chicago

Ms. Makholm graduated from the College with a degree in English Language and Literature in 2010. As a student, she was involved in the Ransom Notes A Cappella Group; served as Copy Editor for The Maroon Newspaper; and interned at WTTW Channel 11, helping to produce the Chicago Tonight show. Since graduation, Ms. Makholm has been employed with the Art Institute of Chicago and has served in multiple roles. She is now the Assistant Director of Production in the department of publishing at the Art Institute. (Table 83)

Kristen Reid, AB'12, MSI'15 (University of Michigan)

Media Archivist, Chicago Public Media

As the archivist for Chicago Public Media, Ms. Reid is working to catalog and digitize WBEZ's archival audio. Prior to joining Chicago Public Media, Ms. Reid worked as the Metadata Librarian at the Loyola University of Chicago Health Sciences Division and a sheet music cataloger at the University of Michigan. Prior to her master's degree, Ms. Reid coordinated community engagement for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. She studied English and music at the College and obtained her MSI from the University of Michigan, where she won an academic award for writing a computer program that analyzed Taylor Swift lyrics. She initially became interested in archives after a Metcalf Internship at the New York Philharmonic Archives. (Table 82)

Rebecca Starkey, AB'95, MS Library and Information Science, University of Illinois'99

Reference Librarian, University of Chicago Libraries

Ms. Starkey became interested in librarianship while working as a student at the D'Angelo Law Library. After graduating with a degree in history, she was employed as a cataloger for the Illinois Newspaper Project at the Chicago History Museum. She later attended the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, obtaining her MS in Library and Information Science. Her first professional position was with Roosevelt University Library. Since 2001, she has been employed at the University of Chicago Library, where she is the Librarian for College Instruction and Outreach. Ms. Starkey's main role is developing educational programs for undergraduates and serves as the subject librarian for Gender Studies and Library Science. She also works at the Ask a Librarian / Reference Desk in Regenstein Library. (Table 83)