Senior Academic Librarian, Adj. Associate Lecturer (Book Arts)
MS (Information Studies)--Simmons College, Boston
BA (History with concentrations in Art History and Classical Civilizations)--University of Massachusetts, Amherst
GML Special Collections
Max Yela has been Head of the Special Collections Department at the UWM Libraries since 1994. Prior to this, he was the public services librarian for Special Collections at the University of Delaware, 1985-1994. As an Adjunct Associate Lecturer for the UWM Department of Art & Design he teaches "Book Arts Concepts," "Book Arts Survey," "Independent Reading and Research," and lectures on book-arts concepts and theory throughout the curriculum. In addition, he also curates several exhibits a year for the department, and serves as the official library liaison to Art & Design. He is also an Adjunct Instructor in the UWM School of Information Studies where he teaches "History of Books and Printing" and "Books, Culture, and Change."
Yela's research uses media and information theories to understand and articulate the book as an art medium, the presence of the book in culture and society and its epistemological consequences, the intersection of print tradition and the emerging digital environment, and how artists do research. He is the author of numerous exhibition catalogs, including Contemporary Artists' Prints in Books (1994), The Shape and Color of Research: An Exhibition of New Artwork Based on Research in Special Collections (2002), and the 5th International Book & Paper Arts Triennial (2008). He is also the author of the artist's book La Bendición, designed and printed by Caren Heft at the Arcadian Press in 2009.