Please Welcome Our New Communications Liaison: Freyja T. Catton!

Hi everyone! My name is Freyja T. Catton (he/they), and I’m the new Communications Liaison for ArLiSNAP! I’m a recent MLIS graduate and a self-employed writer. With my love for both art and libraries, I joined ARLIS two years ago, and ArLiSNAP was the first to welcome me to the organization. Since then I’ve been involved with several committees, task force projects, and publications in ARLIS. I’m excited to take on this new role of Communications Liaison, and to help out my fellow new professionals as much as I can!

As an artist and an archivist, I’m passionate about art documentation and its connection to art history. During my undergrad degree at the University of Lethbridge (2012), I was an intern at the University of Lethbridge Art Gallery, and my job was to digitize the art exhibition records. I was introduced first-hand to how records are collected and maintained, what records are important, why they’re important, and how to retrieve them. This experience followed me to the print industry, then to library grad school at the University of Alberta (2021), and my other internship at the National Gallery of Canada, which I wrote about in 2020!

I think a lot about the kinds of questions people have, and the language and resources they use to find information. I love learning about absolutely everything and I find that everything is connected. I wanted to use my experiences and my natural inclination to draw connections between systems and details, so I started writing. My expertise in documentation and information management means that I have a long-term approach to short-term conversations. Through my conversations, research, and contributions to the arts and cultural sectors, I can build a stronger and more searchable record of contemporary Canadian art history. I want art history in our future to be more accessible, engaging, and inclusive than it has been in the past.

More of my work is available on my website at www.thewordeater.com and I can be found over on Instagram at @the_wordeater ! You can also find me over on our Slack channel, on ARLIS/NA Commons, or by email at freyjacatton(at)gmail(dot)com.

I look forward to working with you on our biweekly newsletter, Oh Snap!

Freyja

PS. please send coffee

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