Peabody Essex Museum

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Salem, MA


Dan Lipcan appointed Head Librarian, Phillips Library

We are pleased to announce that Dan Lipcan will be the new Head Librarian of the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) following his tenure at Thomas J. Watson Library of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, where he served as a Associate Museum Librarian. Lipcan will assume the duties of Head Librarian in May, 2019. Scott Stevens, Senior Search Consultant at Museum Search & Reference ran the nationwide search for PEM.  

Lipcan joins PEM from the Watson Library at The Metropolitan Museum where, during a distinguished 16-year tenure, he became Associate Museum Librarian. Leading the Watson's digitization program, which now provides free online access to more than a million pages of content, Lipcan directed important digital projects such as the Brummer Gallery Records, Japanese Illustrated Books, and American Decorated Publishers Bindings, collaborating with curatorial departments, Museum Archives, and partner institutions. He co-founded Watson Library's blog "In Circulation," now approaching five years of biweekly publication, and is a member of its Editorial Board. Lipcan was Program Co-Chair for the 2018 Art Libraries Society of North America's Annual Conference. 

He holds a BA in Studio Art (Printmaking) from Allegheny College, an MLS from Queens College-CUNY, and in 2017 was selected to participate in the Columbia Business School Executive Development Program at The Met. 

At the Phillips Library at PEM, Lipcan will report to John D. Childs, PEM's Chief of Collection Services and the Ann C. Pingree Director of the Phillips Library. Lipcan will lead ongoing digitization projects and help make the highly-respected research library--with its rich, global collections--into an intellectual hub that supports PEM's mission. 

"It is an honor to join this vibrant museum at such an exciting time," said Lipcan, a Cape Cod native. "I eagerly anticipate a return to my home state and building productive relationships in Salem, in Essex County, and beyond." 

Many people helped with this search as nominators, references or candidates, and Scott and Marilyn are grateful to each of them.