Laura Haynes joins us as our new Catalog and Metadata Management Librarian. Laura works with metadata across platforms in the Libraries to ensure the discoverability of resources.
Laura received a bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Painting with a minor in Art History from University of South Carolina, and recently received her MSLIS from Pratt Institute. She is currently remotely finishing her second master’s in the History of Art and Design at Pratt, writing her thesis which discusses intersectional visual analysis of 20th century self-taught art by Southern, African-American women.
Laura’s previous library experience includes cataloging internships at Columbia University Libraries. In Columbia’s Butler Library’s Original and Special Materials Cataloging Department, she cataloged a collection of hip-hop LPs. For Columbia’s C.V. Starr East Asian Library, she cataloged a rare collection of Tibetan photographs and Tibetan music videos.
Her areas of interest include radical cataloging, postcolonial narratives in art history and the humanities, hip-hop in academia, and LGBTQ+ advocacy in libraries. Laura is an avid music fan. She is happy with the shift from Brooklyn to Binghamton because of all the fresh air.
She is excited to be working to facilitate access to collections within the Libraries.