Biography: James Galbraith

James Galbraith
James Galbraith
Former Chief Librarian

James Galbraith joined the Museum in 2013. He oversaw all aspects of the Rakow Library, including the archives, digital and print collections, public services, digital initiatives, library acquisitions, exhibitions, and the Museum’s office of rights and reproductions. Galbraith’s background is in library management. He has held collection development positions in academic libraries since 1999, including the University of California–Irvine, Wake Forest University and Columbia University. His professional affiliations include the American Library Association and the Association of College and Research Libraries. Galbraith holds a master’s of library science degree from University at Buffalo, The State University of New York. He received a master’s degree in history from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a bachelor’s degree from State University of New York at Buffalo. Galbraith came to the Museum from DePaul University in Chicago, IL, where he served as the associate director for collections and scholarly resources.


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The Rakow Research Library staff aims to create a comprehensive collection that tells the story of glass. As you might imagine, in building such an inclusive collection, we come across materials in all shapes, sizes, and conditions. Occasionally, some of these materials are in rough shape, but if... more
Read more about this project and the collection in previous posts. Researching glass can take you in unexpected directions. Over the past two years, the Rakow Research Library has shared stories of our efforts to conserve and digitize a collection of stained glass cartoons from the Whitefriars... more
Walking into The Rakow Research Library, a visitor may immediately be struck by the beauty of the space: the beautiful glass staircase that leads up to the reading room, the exhibition featured in the Rakow Library Atrium.  At the same time, visitors may also wonder: “where are the collections?”... more