Find Your Librarian

Every student has their very own librarian at MICA. Find your Librarian here and get in touch.

We're here to help you:

  • Access materials for your work
  • Find information for your studio or liberal arts assignment
  • With research on any part of your graduate thesis
  • Do a deep dive into your research

Decker Librarians are here to help you no matter where you are in your process.

FYE students can schedule appointments with us here. 

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Decker Library Librarians

Short bios and listing of program areas for each of our librarians.

Kathy Cowan - Special Collections Librarian

Kathy Cowan, Special Collections Librarian (she/her/hers)

"Baltimore-born. Enjoys meditation, parenting, painting, printmaking, and patterns." She studied painting: BFA MICA ('81) and MFA Clemson ('95); achives: MLS Maryland ('99); and anthropology: post-bacc Johns Hopkins University (1982-83) and graduate school UT Austin (1984-85). Kathy is your librarian if you're in one of the following programs: Architectural Design; Community Arts; Drawing; Fiber; LeRoy E. Hoffberger School of Painting; Painting; Printmaking; Studio Art (MFAST). Get in touch:

Email Kathy
Chris Drolsum - Research Services Librarian

Chris Drolsum, Research Services Librarian (he/him/his)

Chris is your librarian if you're in one of the following programs: Ceramics; General Fine Arts; Graphic Design; Humanistic Studies; Film and Video; Filmmaking; Interdisciplinary Sculpture; Mount Royal School of Art; Rinehart School of Sculpture. Get in touch:

Email Chris
Heather Slania - Director

Heather Slania, Library Director (she/her/hers)

"Interests include vegan cooking and baking, biking, and tea. If I could have anyone in history create a portrait of me, I would want it to be Francis Bacon." She holds a BS Northwestern ('00); MLS University of Maryland ('07). Heather is your librarian if you're in one of the following programs: Art History; Business of Art & Design; Curatorial Practice; Design Leadership; Game Design; Interactive Arts; Product Design; Product Management; Social Design. Get in touch:

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Deidre Thompson - Collections Services Librarian

Deidre Thompson, Collections Services Librarian (she/her/hers)

Originally from Belize, Deidre is a librarian with a strong belief in the power and responsibility of cataloging librarians to shape information consumption. Her interests include critical cataloging and art of the African Diaspora. She holds a BA in Art History from Bard College and an MLIS from Pratt Institute's School of Information. Deidre is your librarian is you're in one of the following programs: Animation; Art Education; Data Analytics and Visualization; Illustration (BFA, MA); Illustration Practice (MFA); Film and Video; Photography; Photographic & Electronic Media; Teaching (MAT); User Experience Design. Get in touch:

Email Deidre