Mo Dawley

Senior Librarian, Art and Drama

Mo has been active in the arts for over thirty years in the capacities of artist, librarian, curator and educator. She holds an MLS degree from the University of Pittsburgh, an MA in Art History from Case Western University and a BA (Art History) and BFA (Painting with studies in photography, video and performance) from the University of Akron.

As Liaison Librarian for the Schools of Art and Drama, Mo develops the collections, provides research and consultation services, and offers library instruction related to those disciplines.

Mo’s education initiatives at Carnegie Mellon include weekly roaming on-site reference for Art and Drama, campus, community, and national outreach with the artists’ books collection as an interdisciplinary resource (for which she won a library innovation award), and proactive development of inter-curricular library instruction for Art. She has served through the Office of the Vice Provost for Education as a Luce Professor for the Early Greening of Undergraduate Education in the development of an interdisciplinary course, Mapping the Terrain: Environmental Thinking and Art Practice, and as a faculty fellow for the Big Questions initiative.

Mo is a member of the American Library Association, the Association of College and Research Libraries, the Art Libraries Society of North America and the Theatre Library Association. Conference participation includes: moderator/speaker for the artist panel, Eco Art: Breaking the 21st Century and speaker for Artists’ Books as Teaching Tools. Pittsburgh activities have included serving as juror for Ex-Libris: A Show of Artists’ Books (Associated Artists of Pittsburgh) and co-curator for the exhibition and events of Care vs. Cure: Healing the Environment at the Homestead Pump House.

Mo is author of the Green Arts Web, a resource on environmental theory and arts practice, co-author and project director for The Directory of Artists’ Books Collections, and project director for the Historic Costume Collection, a database of digitized illustrated costume books in the Carnegie Mellon Libraries’ collections.