The Cleveland Museum of Art has announced the appointment of Heather Saunders as Director of the Ingalls Library. Her appointment follows an international search. She will assume her responsibilities at the museum in May.
As Director of the Ingalls Library, Saunders will foster the library’s collection development as well as its services and programs to ensure that it continues to support the museum’s mission in providing access to a world-class collection of research materials for patrons locally, nationwide, and abroad. Saunders will oversee a staff of 20 employees.
“I am delighted to be joining a stellar team at the Library and at the CMA,” said Heather Saunders. “The museum’s outreach to visitors through technology is outstanding and I am particularly excited about the manner in which the library has been embedded in that experience.”
Saunders brings a decade of library experience to the Ingalls Library. Since 2012, she has served in leadership roles at the Harris Learning Library, Nipissing University, North Bay, Ontario, Canada, initially as Manager of Reference and Information Services, and later also serving as Manager of Digital Resources and Information Services. An instructor in the Department of Fine and Performing Arts at Nipissing University, Saunders has taught courses on modern art. Previously, she was an art librarian at the Purchase College Library, State University of New York, where she was also a tenure-track faculty member. Saunders has also had experience working in museums: she served as an administrative coordinator at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, and immediately following graduate school she was the recipient of the TD Bank Financial Group Internship Award at the National Gallery of Canada Library and Archives.
Saunders holds an MLIS in Library and Information Studies, an MA in the History of Art, and a BA in Art and Art History from the University of Toronto.