Barbara Polowy

Head of the Hillyer Art Library

Contact & Office Hours

Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Room 121, Hillyer Art Library, Brown Fine Arts Center



M.L.S., Art Librarianship, Syracuse University

Graduate Study, Art History, Vanderbilt University

A.B., Art History, Clark University

Barbara Polowy is a member of the Teaching, Learning, and Research Group. She manages and directs Hillyer Art Library’s daily operations and provides its strategic leadership. Barbara works closely with faculty to develop and present research instruction to support art and landscape studies as well as courses in related disciplines, and to provide reference and research support for students and faculty in those fields. She coordinates collection development for the art library, working with faculty and museum staff to select and acquire new books, journals, and electronic resources to support the curriculum and research needs.

Barbara began her career as a librarian at the Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse, N.Y., headed the library at the Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute in Utica, N.Y., and served for many years as art and photography librarian at Rochester Institute of Technology.


Libraries Collection Development Working Group, Web Team, New Discover Team, Knowledge Lab Team, New Student Orientation Group

Publications & Presentations

“Beyond Bento: A New Discovery Experience for Smith College,” with Robert O’Connell, keynote address, New England Code for Libraries, December 2016.

“Dispelling Discovery Dilemmas: The Five College Consortial Experience,” with Steve Bischof and Janet Ewing, Eureka! Web-Scale Discovery from Alpha to Omega, NERCOMP Discovery SIG, June 2013

Deputy Editor and Reviews Editor, Art Libraries Journal, 2001-2012

Professional Affiliations

Art Libraries Society of North America