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Life at The Field Museum: Q&A with General Counsel Lori Breslauer

The Field Museum is home to a diverse collection of specimens and artifacts that help tell stories and reveal new information about the natural world. Behind the scenes, there’s also a diverse group of people who work here. We took a peek into the daily life of the Museum’s General Counsel, Lori Breslauer. Between coordinating loans from other museums and evaluating a priceless mummy, the role of “lawyer” takes on a whole new meaning at The Field Museum. Here, Lori talks about her adventures working at the intersection of law and science.

What do researchers want?

Nina Cummings, who ably heads our photo archives in the museum shared with me an interesting blog post she saw recently.  It was from The Library of Congress and was written by Bill LeFurgy, their digital initiatives manager of the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program.  The title of the blog post was “What do researchers want from institutions that preserve digital content?”  Here at the museum we are working through our digital initiatives so the post resonated on several fronts.  The opening statement included this: “User expectations influence so much of what stewardship organizations do. We collect and preserve all content primarily to support use.” 

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