Deborah Ultan, she/her/hers Arts & Design Librarian

Deborah Ultan
Position title
Arts & Design Librarian
Libraries department
Arts, Humanities, and Area Studies
Subject Librarian for
Housing and Apparel
Art and Art History
Theater Arts and Dance


As the arts and design librarian (with advanced studies in the fine arts, art history, theater and dance, and architecture), I oversee the acquisitions in support of teaching and research in all of these areas. I teach large lecture and seminar classes about research methods and strategies from a multi-disciplinary perspective that incorporates all formats, including digital and special collections. I am available to work with faculty, students, affiliated University patrons, and non-University researchers at all levels of their research inquiries. My own research and writing is focused on library collections and social justice in the arts, the performative arts, photography and artists' books.


University of Wisconsin, Madison

Syracuse University, NY

Washington University, MO