Eye of the Expert: Backs and Bottoms
Carolle Morini, Mary Warnament, and Hannah Weisman
Have you ever been tempted to peek behind a painting to see what's hiding on the back? Do you ever wish you could open an exhibit case to open a book that's on display to see what's inside? Athenæum colleagues Carolle Morini, Mary Warnement, and Hannah Weisman invite BA members to get up close to materials from the Athenæum's special collections as they explore marks, messages, and irregularities hiding behind, underneath, and inside Athenæum books, documents, and artworks.
Carolle Morini is Caroline D. Bain Archivist and Reference Librarian at the Boston Athenæum. In her role at the Athenæum she manages the institutional archive, including selecting materials to save, making materials available to researchers, and interpreting them in exhibitions and programs. She holds an MA in history with a concentration in early American poetry and an MLS with a concentration in archives management from Simmons College. She earned her BFA in photography at Montserrat College of Art. Prior to joining the staff of the Boston Athenæum in 2007, Morini worked in libraries and archives of other area cultural institutions, including the Massachusetts Historical Society and the Peabody Essex Museum.
Mary Warnement joined the staff of the Boston Athenæum in 2002 upon completion of her MLS at Simmons College, becoming William D. Hacker Head of Reader Services in 2009. She received her BA from Saint Mary’s College and her MA from the University of Toronto. Warnement completed doctoral coursework at Loyola University, Chicago, where she discovered her true calling while working in a library. Trained as an historian of the Middle Ages, Warnement now enjoys fielding questions dealing with all time periods across all cultures, not to mention helping readers find what should be next on their list.
Hannah Weisman is director of education at the Boston Athenæum. She has worked in museum education at a number of organizations, including Shelburne Museum (Vermont) and Historic Newton since earning a master’s degree in museum studies from the Cooperstown Graduate Program (SUNY Oneonta). She holds a bachelor’s degree in German studies and Holocaust studies from Mount Holyoke College.
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