Elizabeth Morris


Beth Morris


Assistant Librarian


Yale Center for the British Art



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What was your educational and professional background before coming to SILS?

BA Fine Art, Elon University, 2006

Circulation Desk Attendant, Elon University Belk Library, 2003-2006

Enrollment Support Advisor, Broadreach Inc., 2007-2008

How has your career progressed since you graduated SILS?

I have held two positions since receiving my MSLS and have been in my current position for just over five years. I have given numerous presentations at national conferences and virtual meetings, and have published several book reviews, as well as peer-reviewed articles.

In your current employment, what are your job duties and responsibilities?

Provide research and instruction services to Center staff, docents, volunteers, Yale University faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, visiting scholars, and the general public. Provide targeted and focused collection development for specific areas of the Library's collection. Provide bibliographic instruction, orientations, and outreach activities to wide range of users, including docents, new Center staff and visiting scholars, Yale undergraduates, graduates, faculty and staff, and the general public. Manage and maintain the Publication Exchange Program. Manage the Field Librarian Program in conjunction with History of Art courses taught at the Center. Founded, developed and continually maintain the first Preservation Program for the Library's collection to provide care and maintenance through in-house repairs, custom enclosures and professional conservation services. Develop research guides using Libguides and specialized reference resources to support research into the Center's collections (see http://guides.library.yale.edu/conservation).
Curated the exhibition "Moving Earth: 'Capability Brown', Humphry Repton and the Creation of the English Landscape from YCBA Collections" in 2016, and created online exhibition to accompany physical exhibition at http://exhibits.library.yale.edu/exhibits/show/movingearth
Provide reference services for the Institutional Archives to architects, curators, staff, students, and the general public, as needed. Train under YCBA Head Paper Conservator Soyeon Choi weekly since July 2015 in conservation treatments, techniques, documentation, decision making and ethics in accordance with guidelines from the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC). Perform simple to complex item-level conservation treatment on books, documents, and prints from the Reference Library's collection of unique and non-rare materials.  Supervise, hire, train, and oversee all student workers, and provide supervision and training to interns and Kress fellows. Supervise and oversee day-to-day operations of the Reference Library and Archives and the Institutional Archives in the absence of the Chief Librarian and/or Senior Archivist.  Serve on wide array of committees at the Center, Yale University Libraries, and worldwide to enable collaboration, growth, and advancement.

What projects have gotten you most excited and/or what accomplishments have made you the proudest?

Founding and managing the Preservation Program for my collection at the Yale Center for British Art, Reference Library and Archives, which includes in-house treatments. This has led me to grow more interested in book conservation.

What were some of your best experiences at SILS?

Working and learning through Field Experience and Graduate Assistantships

How did your time at SILS prepare you for the future?

Gave a very well-rounded array of classes to address all areas of librarianship. I feel knowledgeable about several areas of librarianship based on the foundation of knowledge I received at SILS.

What inspires or motivates you?

Preserving cultural heritage and print materials for future generations of researchers and users to come.