Jennifer Cohlman Bracchi

Acting Head, Librarian

Jennifer Cohlman Bracchi is a Reference Librarian at Cooper Hewitt. Smithsonian Design Museum. She came to Smithsonian Libraries in 2003 by way of the museum where she was their first digital imaging specialist. Her interests in digitization led to earning a Masters in Library and Information Science from Queens College, CUNY (2007). She has lead numerous grant-funded digitization efforts for rare books and special collections and oversees Cooper Hewitt Library’s contributions to mass digitization programs including the Biodiversity Heritage Library and SIL's Cultural Heritage Library. She has served on Metropolitan New York Library Council’s (METRO) Digital Services Advisory Council and Digital Grants Review Committee. She curated her first exhibition Color in a New Light (February 2016 - May 2017) for Smithsonian Libraries’ at the National Museum of Natural History in Washington DC. She co-curated the expanded exhibition Saturated: The Allure and Science of Color (May 2018 - March 2019) for Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Deisgn Museum with Susan Brown, Curator of Textiles. She enjoys exploring the intersections of art and science and providing access to as much information as possible.

Publications

Articles: 

Bracchi, Jennifer Cohlman. 2015. "Collector's Study: Pop-up and Movable Books in the Collection of the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Library." Central Booking Magazine 5 (2):8–9.

Bracchi, Jennifer Cohlman. 2014. "Photograph, Ceiling fixture , Rockefeller Center, 1932." in Making design : Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum collection, edited by Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum and Boom, Irma., 496–497. New York: Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum.

Bracchi, Jennifer Cohlman. 2014. "Woodblock print, Kaigara Danmen Zuan, 1913." in Making design : Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum collection, edited by Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum., 650–651. New York: Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum.

Cohlman, Jennifer. 2008. "Libraries receives grant to digitize important archive." Connect 1:8.