Eiteljorg Musuem Blog

Meet our new librarian, Kristin Stout

by Samantha Roll | Feb 19, 2018

Kristin Stout is an Indianapolis native and a veteran in the library science field, but her new position at the Eiteljorg Museum’s Watanabe Family Library and Stephen and Sharon Zimmerman Resource Center is affording her completely new opportunities. “Much of what I have been doing is well beyond the traditional roles of a librarian, and that in itself is exciting,” she said.

Kristin Stout

With more than 10 years’ experience as a professional librarian before joining the Eiteljorg, Kristin earned her MLS from Indiana University. She has background in Native American studies, women’s studies, history, and anthropology through her undergraduate education at Ball State University. After earning her masters, she moved to Savannah, Ga., where she worked as a full-time reference and instruction librarian at the Lane Library at Armstrong State University.

Kristin brings a quirky sense of humor to the Watanabe Family Library. A lover of film, live music and comedy, she is excited to be back in Indianapolis to explore those in the city where she grew up, along with finding ways to share those interests with her three-year-old son. She is also a fanatic of Native jewelry. “I need to stay away from the gift shop upstairs,” she said of the museum store. “It’s a very dangerous way to spend a 15-minute break, I don’t recommend it – or maybe I do.”

With an interest in Western history and Native American cultures, Kristin previously served as an intern at the Golden Spike National Historic Site with the U.S. National Park Service in Utah. She spent a summer at five different Native American reservations across Arizona and New Mexico with a team from Ball State University, conducting a cultural anthropology field study on contemporary issues facing Native peoples.

“I think all of my personal interests and experiences with Native cultures as well as the fact that the Eiteljorg was looking for a librarian made this seem like the perfect fit,” she said.

As the librarian at the Watanabe Family Library, Kristin succeeds Dana Duffy, who left to pursue a new position as education manager for the Monroe County History Center in Bloomington. Kristin’s main role at the Eiteljorg is to assist the general public during the library’s open hours. She is available to help with research and finding materials or information on Native American and Western art topics. With the help of volunteers, Kristin also manages the sale of materials donated to the museum that the library is unable to use.

The bulk of her work is concentrated on serving the needs of the institution by assisting various museum departments.  “One thing that makes this site so special is that we are a shared system location with the Indianapolis Public Library. That allows me to communicate and collaborate with the 50 other branches from all over Marion County,” she said.

Kristin’s largest and most exciting project has been working with James Nottage, the vice president and chief curatorial officer and Gund curator of Western art, in organizing and cataloging a recent donation of 1,400 books to the Watanabe Family Library.

“There are aspects of the job that are a fun challenge for me and a great opportunity for me to grow as a librarian,” she said. “I’m most excited just being able to utilize the Native culture background that I have with what I do as a librarian.”

Make sure to stop by the Watanabe Family Library to welcome Kristin as the newest member of the Eiteljorg Museum team.
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