I am so thrilled to become the ArLiSNAP Canadian Liaison! I have been very fortunate in the past couple of years to become an active member of the ARLIS/NA and ArLiSNAP community so taking on this role was a logical next step for me. I am currently the Secretary of ARLIS/NA Canada and a member of the Northwest Chapter. I am looking forward to keeping all of us Canadians (as well as our interested American friends) in the loop with current art library happenings here in the north!
A little about me—I graduated last June from the Master of Information program at the University of Toronto specializing in Library and Information Science as well as Book History and Print Culture. I also have a Master’s degree in Art History from Queen’s University hence my love of all things art + library. This past fall I had the amazing opportunity to intern at the Smithsonian American Art and Portrait Gallery (AA/PG) Library in Washington, D.C. where I co-curated a small exhibition of ephemera about The Washington Color School, and got to try my hand at collating metadata. It really was a dream come true!
I moved to Calgary, Alberta this winter and am currently working as a Community Outreach Librarian in Cochrane. As part of my role there I have been working to build relationships with artist groups in the community to host exhibits and potentially even pilot a circulating art library.
I have also discovered the exciting world of Advanced Reader’s copies (thank you public library land!) so I am building my personal collection and hope to become a reading machine—historical fiction, art, and horror are just a few of my favourite genres. Aside from that I must admit that I love binge-watching Netflix originals and think that Tim Curry is a god among men. Just watch The Worst Witch if you don’t believe me.
As the Canadian Liaison, I am excited to get to know all of you and to facilitate spreading the word about events, job postings, volunteer opportunities, and news related to ARLIS/NA Canada and art librarianship in general. This will be a great way for us all to stay connected and informed so I welcome any thoughts and information you may have. Please feel free to get in touch!