Find Your Librarian

Every student has their very own librarian at MICA. Find your Librarian here and get in touch.

Decker Library librarians practice the liaison model, which means all faculty and students have their very own librarian by program department. 

Whether you need personalized help accessing materials for your work, you just got started on your studio or liberal arts assignment, or you're ready for a deep dive into your research, Decker Librarians are here to help you no matter where you are in your process. 

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Any purchase suggestions that are submitted are reviewed by program Librarians. Purchase suggestions help us develop our collections, so we welcome suggestions, but cannot guarantee materials will be purchased.

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Decker Library Librarians

Short bios and listing of program areas for each of our librarians.

Kathy Cowan - Special Collections Librarian

Kathy Cowan, Special Collections Librarian (she/her/hers)

"Baltimore-born. Enjoys meditation, parenting, painting, printmaking, and patterns." She studied painting: BFA MICA ('81) and MFA Clemson ('95); achives: MLS Maryland ('99); and anthropology: post-bacc Johns Hopkins University (1982-83) and graduate school UT Austin (1984-85). Kathy is your librarian if you're in one of the following programs: Drawing; Fiber; LeRoy E. Hoffberger School of Painting; Painting; Printmaking; Studio Art (MFAST). Get in touch:

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Chris Drolsum - Research Services Librarian

Chris Drolsum, Research Services Librarian (he/him/his)

Chris is your librarian if you're in one of the following programs: Ceramics; General Fine Arts; Mount Royal School of Art; Rinehart School of Sculpture. Get in touch:

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Siân Evans - Information Literacy and Instructional Design Librarian

Siân Evans, Information Literacy & Instructional Design Librarian (she/her/hers)

"My librarianship is guided by a commitment to social justice issues. I co-founded the collection Art+Feminism to address the gender disparity on Wikipedia. Otherwise, I can probably be found snuggling with my precious pit bull, Pickle." She holds a BA McGill ('05); MA Western University ('07); MSLIS Pratt Institute ('12). Siân is your librarian if you're in one of the following programs: Art Education; Art History, Theory, and Criticism; Community Arts; Graphic Design; Humanistic Studies; Information Visualization; User Experience Design. Get in touch:

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Jennifer Ferretti - Digital Initiatives Librarian

Jennifer Ferretti, Digital Initiatives Librarian (she/her/hers)

"First-generation American Latina whose librarianship is guided by critical theory & practice and the belief that art is information. Jenny is a Library Journal 2018 Mover & Shaker, founding member of We Here and Shades Collective. Loves NB 991s, mangos, medium format photography." She holds a BFA MICA ('07); MSLIS Pratt Institute ('14). Jenny is your librarian if you're in one of the following programs: Architectural Design; Film and Video; Filmmaking; Photography; Photographic & Electronic Media; Social Design. Get in touch:

Jenny's Website
Heather Slania - Director

Heather Slania, Library Director (she/her/hers)

"Interests include vegan cooking and baking, biking, and tea. If I could have anyone in history create a portrait of me, I would want it to be Francis Bacon." She holds a BS Northwestern ('00); MLS University of Maryland ('07). Heather is your librarian if you're in one of the following programs: Business of Art & Design; Curatorial Practice; Design Leadership; Game Design; Interactive Arts; Product Design. Get in touch:

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Deidre Thompson - Collections Services Librarian

Deidre Thompson, Collections Services Librarian (she/her/hers)

Originally from Belize, Deidre is a librarian with a strong belief in the power and responsibility of cataloging librarians to shape information consumption. Her interests include critical cataloging and art of the African Diaspora. She holds a BA in Art History from Bard College and an MLIS from Pratt Institute's School of Information. Deidre is your librarian is you're in one of the following programs: Animation, Art Education, Illustration (BFA, MA), Illustration Practice (MFA), and Teaching (MAT). Get in touch:

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