Michael Baars studied at the Bibliotheek- en Documentatie Academie (Library and Documentation Academy) in Amsterdam, where he followed the Assistant Librarian (1985) and Music Librarian (1986) educational programmes. He has worked at the Public Library in Amstelveen, the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW), and the Netherlands Institute for Scientific Information Services (NIWI), among others. Since 2005 he has been working at Huygens Institute as a documentalist with the Bibliografie van de Nederlandse Taal- en Literatuurwetenschap (BNTL), an online database of Dutch, Flemish ad foreign publications on Dutch language and literature from the period 1940 to the present. From September 2010 onward, he has been working for the BNTL as an Information Specialist. In this function, he gives introductory courses for the BNTL and seeks and maintains contact within instances for Dutch Language and Literature.