Be the next ArLiSNAP Co-Moderator!


Art Library Students and New ARLIS Professionals (ArLiSNAP) seeks candidates for its next Co-Moderator.

Current ArLiSNAP co-moderator Rachel Schend had to step down from her position early, so we are preparing to open the polls for a special election.

The Co-Moderator position is an opportunity for a student or new professional to develop their leadership skills while providing a valuable service to ARLIS/NA. ArLiSNAP’s next Co-Moderator will serve from November 2015-March 2018, working alongside ArLiSNAP’s current 2015-2017 Co-Moderator, Tiffany Saulter.

Co-Moderator responsibilities include advancing the concerns of students and new professionals within ARLIS/NA, facilitating special projects, organizing ArLiSNAP’s annual meeting activities for the national ARLIS/NA conference, and contributing to the organization of other conference forums such as the New Voices panel. The future Co-Moderator will be heavily involved with the administration of the ArLiSNAP blog and social media accounts, and will serve as a representative and liaison between ArLiSNAP and other groups within, and outside, ARLIS/NA. Candidates  should plan to be present at ARLIS/NA conferences for the following two years. Candidates must be ARLIS/NA members.

To announce your candidacy, please comment on this post with a short biography, including the merits you would bring to this position, your professional or educational experience, and your thoughts on future goals for the ArLiSNAP group. Please post your candidacy by Monday, October 26th.

Elections will be held using SurveyMonkey from Monday, October 26 through Monday, November 2nd.

If you have questions about the position or the election, please feel free to contact current co-moderator, Tiffany Saulter (



  1. Hi, I’m Courtney Baron and I’m announcing my candidacy for the Co-Moderator position with ArLiSNAP. I am the Director of Visual Resources at the University of Georgia and I completed my MLIS from Valdosta State University in May 2015.

    I am an active member of ARLIS/NA and VRA. In 2014, I attended the ARLIS/NA conference as the recipient of the student travel award and this year I attended VRA as the recipient of the professional development grant. I am also active with my local ARLIS southeast chapter. We are currently planning our fall 2015 chapter conference in Atlanta and the 2017 annual conference in New Orleans. So, I will have a lot of conference planning and experience under my belt.

    I served as the Managing Editor of Hack Library School from 2013-2015 so managing a blog and a community of library students is second nature to me. As Managing Editor, I facilitated guest posts, scheduled monthly writer posts, and worked on special projects, such as Digital Humanities Week or HLS Day in the Life. I would really love to continue working in this capacity with a focus on arts and humanities librarianship in ArLiSNAP. Some of the projects we worked on at Hack Library School that I can see working well in ArLiSNAP include Art Library Student/New Professional Day in the Life and establishing book and technology reviews. Reviews are invaluable to librarians, and we are lucky that ARLIS makes it so easy for us to contribute these (I’ve written a few), but writing reviews takes time and a particular skill set. I think ArLiSNAP is a great way to practice professional reviews as well as review resources that are not featured in the official ARLIS reviews. Some of my favorite posts on ArLiSNAP are more personal; for example, an overview of conference experiences or a major project, or interviews with more seasoned professionals. I also enjoy the educational or informative posts, like this post on visual arts research data management: I would like to encourage more of these posts on the blog in addition to probably the most popular – JOBS! As a former INALJ volunteer (I managed the Georgia page in 2013-2014), I know how important a repository of jobs is to our community, so I wonder if we can partner with INALJ or improve this aspect in some way.

    I am currently serving ArLiSNAP as a Discussion Liaison and presented on visual resources outreach at the ArLiSNAP/VREPS webinar in January 2015. This webinar was absolutely fantastic – not only did it provide a (free!) way for students and new professionals to gain presentation experience, but it also served to foster a relationship between ArLiSNAP and VREPS. Considering 2016 is a joint conference with ARLIS/NA and VRA in Seattle, this connection is more important now than ever before and is something that I would be very much interested in continuing to develop as a Co-Moderator. I hope that we can continue to plan annual webinars, and I would also love to see ArLiSNAP coordinate a weekly or monthly Twitter chat, virtual meet-ups, and other ways of connecting with one another. This will also help us connect with the international community of art librarians.

    Thank you!

    Courtney Baron

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