Lisa Libby is an adjunct lecturer in the Department of Anthropology. She is a specialist in museum studies who completed her BA degree in anthropology and art history at the State University of New York College at Oneonta and a master's degree in History Museum Studies from the Cooperstown Graduate Program. Until January 2007, Ms. Libby worked full-time as the Manager of Education/Public Programs at Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown, New York. At present, she works as a consultant for museum exhibit design projects for such institutions as The Farmers’ Museum, Fenimore Art Museum and the National Museum of Dance in Saratoga Springs, New York. Since 2001, Ms. Libby has designed and installed forty exhibits.
Ms. Libby has taught courses in World Cultures and Visual Anthropology. Currently, she is developing a course on cultural representation within museums. A sincere interest in how specific cultures are portrayed in the museum environment led her to create a class especially geared to explore such topics as “documenting others.” It is her assertion that students will not only gain practical skills related to exhibit design but also a sense of responsibility and reverence when it comes to representing cultures other than their own.
Courses taught by Ms. Libby: