2019-2021 ArLiSNAP Co-Moderator Candidates!

Please vote for our new ArLiSNAP Co-Moderator for 2019-2021 via Google Form by April 21st.

The candidates are as follows:

  • Alex O’Keefe
  • K. Sarah Ostrach

You can learn more about each candidate from their short answers below:

Alex O’Keefe, 2018-2019 Kress Fellow in Art Librarianship, Robert B. Haas Arts Library, Yale University

Tell us a little about your background:

I am a recent MSLS graduate who is currently serving as the 2018-19 Kress Fellow in Art Librarianship at the Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library. I focused my studies on art librarianship, access, and digital project. I have oriented my fellowship in similar directions, focusing primarily on Ensemble@Yale (a crowdsourced transcription project). However, my preference for public services has become more apparent to me through this experience, as I coordinate public programs to bring the “crowd” to our crowdsourced project.

What merits/experiences do you bring to this position?

I have served on ArLiSNAP as the Chapter Liaison since spring 2017, and have been an active participant in meetings and email threads between volunteers. While I missed the 2018 conference, I sought opportunities to pitch in and help ArLiSNAP however I could at this past conference in Salt Lake City. Having served in my role for as long as I have, I have insight on ArLiSNAP and initiatives we have taken on during my time with the group. Moreover, attending graduate school online and serving with this group has built my skills in organizing, communicating, and completing projects remotely and across spatial divides.

What would be your future goals for ArLiSNAP?

I have a number of ideas, which I know is common for new moderators. My primary tenant driving them all is “participation.” We have an active and passionate group of volunteers, but often struggle to know if we are reaching our constituents. I have heard some outside of the volunteer group voice that they don’t know how they can get involved if they aren’t on the volunteer board (and some weren’t able to get on because they didn’t realize when positions were open or closed). I think we could continue our efforts to reach our constituents that I have seen in the past, by creating dedicated campaigns to promote involvement. Finding ways to create remote events (like the our successful virtual conference) that are more social or fun is something I’m interested in exploring.

I also would like to continue efforts toward internal documentation and accountability for the volunteers. We are all busy, and volunteering for ArLiSNAP shouldn’t be a major commitment for non co-moderators. However, it is difficult for new volunteers to get started without documentation of what their predecessor worked on. It is also helpful to the co-moderators for tracking the work ArLiSNAP is doing for it’s constituents (which could be more widely shared to remove some of the perceived mystery from our constituents).

I have found ArLiSNAP to be one of the greatest groups to be involved in since starting graduate school, and would love to continue fostering that space for others. The things we have accomplished since I began are astounding, and I constantly hear praise for our blog as an entry points for new professionals. I know it was my point of entry, and think we could continue growing and supporting our specific community. I thank you for your consideration of my goals and experiences, and hope I can continuing serving our enthusiastic and dynamic base in this new capacity.


K. Sarah Ostrach, MLIS Candidate (2020), University of Maryland, College Park

Tell us a little about your background:

I began my MLIS in Fall 2018 in order to combine my love of art and design with my passion for teaching and research. After completing my MA in East Asian Art History, I was a university instructor in China and then taught adults in Washington, DC. Serving as an art librarian in an academic institution will allow me engage with content that fascinates me while addressing very real challenges in education – especially around different visual and academic literacies, international and diverse populations, and critical pedagogical approaches.

What merits/experiences do you bring to this position?

I have served in many leadership positions, most recently as the Secretary on the Executive Board of DC’s Different Drummers, a Washington DC-based music nonprofit. As a voting member of the Board, I was responsible for extensive communication and outreach with general membership, and I collaborated with other Board members (especially the Treasurer) on special projects. I have also led and currently participate in numerous student groups throughout college and grad school, encouraging participation and creating opportunities for socializing and networking. Finally, as an administrative assistant I have extensive experiences looking after notes, communicating with stakeholders, and keeping everyone organized!

What would be your future goals for ArLiSNAP?

My main goal for ArLiSNAP is to make the organization more present in the lives and careers of students and young professionals. I have found communication and outreach to be lacking or sporadic. I strongly believe ArLiSNAP is a powerful platform for empowering students and young professionals by helping them connect with each other and the larger professional network; I also believe that more can be done to make this space feel welcoming, active, and inclusive. We need a more robust network of communication between members and more events (in-person or online) for collaboration, networking, and learning.

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