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Susan Allen Named Chief Librarian at Getty Getty Research Institute for the History of Art and the Humanities

May 11, 1999

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- The J. Paul Getty Trust announced today the appointment of Susan Macall Allen to the new position of Chief Librarian.  Dr. Allen is currently Head, Department of Special Collections, Young Research Library at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).  Dr. Allen will begin her new position at the Getty on June 28, 1999.

In her new role Dr. Allen joins the senior management team of the Getty Research Institute. The Institute’s mission is to serve education in the broadest sense by increasing knowledge and understanding about art and its history. The Research Institute Library is one of the largest art and architecture libraries in the world, containing 800,000 volumes, including general collections of books, serials, and auction catalogues encompassing the entire history of art and related fields in the humanities. The Library’s special collections include one-of-a-kind rare books, artists’ journals, sketchbooks, architectural drawings, photographs, and archival materials. As the Library expands its collections in the coming years it will acquire material encompassing the history of art on all continents.

In announcing Allen’s appointment, Deborah Marrow, Director of the Getty Grant Program and Interim Director of the Getty Research Institute, commented, "We are delighted that Susan Allen is coming to the Getty. Her substantial experience in research libraries and in educational institutions will be a great asset as we broaden the holdings of the library and make its resources more widely accessible. Susan’s strong relationships with colleagues regionally, nationally, and internationally will be crucial in achieving our goal of working more collaboratively with other institutions."

At UCLA, Dr. Allen has been responsible for managing six Department of Special Collections divisions, including manuscripts, oral history, public services, publications, rare books, and University archives. Prior to her position at UCLA, she was Director of Libraries and Media Services at Kalamazoo College in Michigan from 1993 to 1997, and Head, Special Collections, at the Libraries of The Claremont Colleges from 1987 to 1993. She also has served as Adjunct Associate Professor within the Division of Library and Information Science at San Jose State University. Dr. Allen is one of the organizers of the exhibition, The World from Here: Treasures of the Great Libraries of Los Angeles, to be held at the UCLA Hammer Museum of Art and Cultural Center in the fall of 2001.

"In joining the Research Institute as Chief Librarian, I hope to work with the Getty leadership to build a research library with unsurpassed collections of art and cultural material," said Allen. "The Research Library has a distinguished reputation as an extremely valuable resource for scholars, and I hope to expand the user circle not only within Los Angeles, but also nationally and internationally."

She holds a B.A. in History and an M.A. in Library Science from the University of Wisconsin, Madison; an M.A. in Liberal Studies from St. John’s College, Santa Fe; and a Ph.D. from UCLA. She is well known and active in many national library professional organizations. Dr. Allen has published widely, particularly on the topics of Colonial American printing history, security at libraries and archives, and expanding the use of special collection materials to undergraduate students.

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The Getty Research Institute is an operating program of the J. Paul Getty Trust. It serves education in the broadest sense by increasing knowledge and understanding about art and its history through advanced research. The Research Institute provides intellectual leadership through its research, exhibition, and publication programs and provides service to a wide range of scholars worldwide through residencies, fellowships, online resources, and a Research Library. The Research Library - housed in the 201,000-square-foot Research Institute building designed by Richard Meier - is one of the largest art and architecture libraries in the world. The general library collections (secondary sources) include almost 900,000 volumes of books, periodicals, and auction catalogues encompassing the history of Western art and related fields in the humanities. The Research Library's special collections include rare books, artists' journals, sketchbooks, architectural drawings and models, photographs, and archival materials.