Title: Founder, Director
Company: Women’s Institute and Gallery
Location: New Harmony, Indiana, United States
Arlene “Lena” M. Feiner, Founder and Director at the Women’s Institute and Gallery, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in library science and business administration.
In the eyes of Ms. Feiner, libraries offer the chance to explore the world. With such an abundance of information at her fingertips, she could go anywhere or learn anything, which is exactly what she did. Ms. Feiner used to go every day to get new reading materials, and never got tired of the scholarly environment. She eventually decided to make her passion her profession. Ms. Feiner’s first job in the field was assistant librarian at the University of Maryland Munich, followed by preliminary cataloger and first editor of the MARC Pilot Project at the Library of Congress, and head librarian at both the Academy of the Holy Cross and the Jesuit School Theology Library. She then became a women’s studies bibliographer at Loyola University Chicago and a technology services and collection development consultant for DuPage Library Systems.
In 2000, Ms. Feiner felt it was time to alter her career path a bit. She had always wanted to run her own business, so she became the founder and director of the Women’s Institute and Gallery in Indiana. The institution features exhibitions in its gallery, as well as various group meetings. Since Ms. Feiner has been there, they have had 91 art shows there. The current one is called “Wall of Memories: The Missing and Murdered Girls of Mexico.” Ms. Feiner prepared for her endeavors by earning a Bachelor of Arts in history from Alverno College in 1959, a Master of Arts in library Science from Rosary College in 1971, and a Master of Arts in organizational development from Loyola University Chicago in 1985. She also joined prominent organizations like the American Library Association, the National Museum Women in Arts, and the C.G. Jung Institute of Chicago.
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