Happy Monday, arlisnappers!
We’re pleased to announce the final results from the election, and welcome Ellen Tisdale as your 2013-2015 Co-Moderator. Congrats, Ellen!
I’m very excited to be starting out as a moderator for the 2013-2015 term. I hope to explore many new opportunities in art librarianship with all of you over the next two years.
For those of you who missed my introduction, let me tell you a bit about myself. I’m Canadian, hailing from Winnipeg, Manitoba. I finished my Bachelors of Fine Arts at the University of Manitoba in 2011. I have been working with the U of M libraries since 2007, first as a Library Assistant 1, and now as a Library Assistant 3. After considering going into education or art therapy, both of which were not really for me, I realized that I should try to combine my love of art and my passion for helping students in a library, which has led me to the path I am on today.
At the moment, I am enrolled in my third term of the online MLIS program through Wayne State University. I began the program last fall, after returning from spending a year living in Leipzig, Germany, with my partner who is studying there. While in Leipzig I worked mainly as an ESL teacher, which reinforced my decision not to go into education – though I enjoy teaching adults in a library setting, I don’t quite have the disposition (or energy!) to manage thirty excitable children. I also had the chance to complete internships in two libraries: one in the research library at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, and one in an art centre/library known as Halle 14. I’m very inspired by a library that can bring in all kinds of different people for events and collaboration, which is just what Halle 14 is all about.