Jacqueline Protka

Branch Librarian

Jacqueline is the Branch Librarian for the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Library, which specializes in international modern and contemporary art. She provides strategic vision and leadership for the Hirshhorn Library’s collections, services, and outreach, and manages the day-to-day operations of the research library with one staff member, volunteers, and interns. As a member of the Smithsonian Libraries and Archives’s User Services Team, she is immediate past chair of the Museum Education Subject Interest Group which provides outreach and professional literature to SI Educators, and a member of the Training Services Group which develops and delivers research instruction across SI. Jacqueline is also a member of the Libraries and Archives’s Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion Group, a member of the Smithsonian's Emerging Leaders Development Program's 2020-21 cohort, and an active member of the Art Libraries Society of North America. She has been with SI since 2016. Prior to joining the Smithsonian, Jacqueline was the Reference Librarian for Interlibrary Loan at the National Gallery of Art, the Assistant Library Director at the Corcoran College of Art and Design, and the Reference Assistant at the Frick Art Reference Library. She has an MLIS from Pratt Institute and a BA in Art History from The College of William and Mary with classes from Oberlin College.