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Museum Appoints Director of Library and Archives

Following the conclusion of a national search, the Philadelphia Museum of Art is pleased to announce that Kristen A. Regina has been appointed as the new Arcadia Director of the Library and Archives. She succeeds C. Danial Elliott, who recently retired.

Ms. Regina will assume her new duties on June 1, 2015. She currently serves as Head of Archives and Special Collections at the Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens in Washington, DC where she has been responsible for the management, oversight and implementation of strategic initiatives for the art research library and digital collections as well as the archives, which include significant holdings of architectural plans, manuscripts, monographs, oral histories, films, photographs and transparencies.

During her tenure at Hillwood, she served as the Chief Art Librarian, from 1998 to 2009 and Head of Research Collections and Archivist from 2010 to 2013. Among the many initiatives she undertook were the restructuring of the library, archives and visual resources departments, and a collaboration with Hillwood’s information technology staff to prioritize digital initiatives while updating their image rights and reproductions contract to manage their 100,000 digital assets and implement a “creative commons” license. She also worked with IT staff to establish institutional technology protocols and create informal sandbox “labs” to serve as project incubators and support the development of new cooperative efforts.

In addition, Ms. Regina co-founded a Publications Committee to explore digital publishing projects, established a position for a National Digital Residency Fellow and partnered Hillwood with the Google Art Project, Artsy.net, and Artstor on content creation and access projects. She also organized an exhibition based on the library’s collection of Romanov Coronation Albums, and supplemental programming and interpretive technologies in concert with American University, the New York Public Library and Apple iTunes.

Kristen Regina has published and presented on professional issues, and been the recipient of grant funding and professional development and recognition awards. She is incoming President-Elect of the Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) and has chaired and moderated ARLIS/NA committees and divisions. She is also current President of the Washington Art Library Resources Committee (WALRC) and a member of the Society of American Archivists (SAA).

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