Join us for the Virtual ArLiSNAP Career Development Panel!

Students and new professionals (and anyone else interested!) are invited to join the ArLiSNAP Virtual Career Development Panel, happening as part of the ARLIS/NA Virtual Conference! We would like to thank all of our panelists in advance for sharing their experiences and expertise as art information professionals. This event is free and open to all, but registration is required by 12pm on Monday, July 27th through the virtual conference website.

Event Information

Event Date / Time: July 31, 3:15 PM ET
D. Vanessa Kam, Mar González Palacios, Megan Williams, Suz Massen
Moderator: Alex O’Keefe, ArLiSNAP 2019-2021 Co-Moderator

Organized by Art Library Students and New ARLIS Professionals (ArLiSNAP), this Career Development Panel will provide meaningful insight for those pursuing careers as art information professionals. Our panel, representing hiring experiences from multiple areas of the art information profession, offers a unique opportunity for participants to hear answers to questions about every step in the job search process and advance their career as art information professionals.
Please additionally read our ArLiSNAP Apology and New Best Practices blog post for more background information on this and future panels.

Panelists’ Bios

D. Vanessa Kam
Head Librarian, Bowes Art & Architecture Library | Stanford University Libraries
Prior to her work at Stanford, Vanessa was Head Librarian of the University of British Columbia’s Music, Art and Architecture Library in Vancouver, Canada (2005–2016); Kress Fellow at the Arts Library, Yale University (2000), and Rockefeller Foundation Research Fellow in the Humanities at the University of Texas at Austin (1997–1998). She holds two Master’s degrees in Art History and Library and Information Science from the University of Texas at Austin (1996; 1999). Vanessa is a recipient of ARLIS/NA’s Worldwide Art Books Publications Award (2015), and an H.W. Wilson Foundation Research Award (2013) for her articles “”The Tenacious Book, Part 1: The Curious State of Art and Architecture Library Collections in a Digital Era,” and “”The Tenacious Book, Part 2: Publishers’ Views on the Once and Future State of the Art Book.”

Mar González Palacios
Associate Director, Arts Library Special Collections | Yale University Library
Mar has been working in libraries in Canada and the US for over 20 years starting as a student assistant while attending Emily Carr Institute (now University) of Art and Design in Vancouver, BC. In their previous life, Mar was an architect in Mexico City. Mar’s experience as a librarian has mostly focused on art and architecture and special collections at academic and museum libraries but also includes public libraries.

Megan Williams
Independent Researcher and Archivist
Megan served as the Reference and Outreach Librarian in the Photographs and Prints Division at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture from 2016-2020. Prior to that she was the inaugural NYARC Kress Fellow for Art Librarianship, working in reference at the art libraries of the MoMA, the Frick Collection, and the Brooklyn Museum. Megan is a graduate of the dual Art History and Library Science Program at The University of North Carolina. Her professional experience has focused on art museum librarianship and photo archives and she is interested in preserving and providing access to the historical objects and stories of marginalized groups.

Suz Massen
Associate Chief Librarian, Access, | Frick Art Reference Library of The Frick Collection
Suz Massen has been a member of the museum library community for the past several years. In her position at the Frick Art Reference Library, she has overseen and participated in the hiring process of staff within the areas of access and public services. She enjoys visual dictionaries, out-of-date science texts, and vintage etiquette books. She also enjoys fostering the next generation of art information professionals.

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