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VOTE NOW for the 2021-2023 ArLiSNAP Co-Moderator!

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The submission period for 2021-2023 ArLiSNAP Co-Moderator candidacy has closed, and that can only mean one thing: it’s time to start voting! 

Before voting, be sure to read about the candidates below. Cast your vote by June 20 using this form. Please feel free to send any questions to


Jessica Craig
Lindsey Jackson
Alison Quirion

Learn more about each candidate before voting

Jessica Craig
Library Reference Assistant, UCLA Arts Library

Tell us a little about your background with art librarianship and/or ARLIS.
Like many, I became interested in art librarianship ever since I learned there is such a thing. My experience started in 2017 while earning a B.A. in Art History. I was working at a public library and I volunteered at a small community art archive on the weekends. I was incredibly inspired by the act of documenting and preserving collective artistic expressions and stories. Once I started my MLIS program in 2019, I became more intentionally focused on art librarianship. I joined the UCLA Arts Library as a Reference Assistant and have worked there since. When I’m not fielding reference inquiries, I develop arts-based research guides, provide instructional workshops, and dabble in creating digital art exhibits. After I graduate with an MLIS degree this June, I will start work with the Getty Research Institute in September, where I hope to continue growing my knowledge of art librarianship as I enter the field. 

Beyond my professional work, I have loved engaging with ARLIS/NA community. I received the 2021 ARLIS/NA Gerd Muehsam award for my paper, “Computer Vision for Visual Arts Collections: Looking at Algorithmic Bias, Transparency, and Labor.” I was fortunate enough to present this paper at the 2021 ARLIS/NA Annual Conference, alongside many other incredible presentations in the New Voices in the Profession session. I will also be publishing it in the ARLIS/NA Art Documentation journal this upcoming Fall. 

I am also looking forward to learning more through my engagement with ArLiSNAP and the many exciting opportunities that come with being part of this community. When I met some of the current ArLiSNAP volunteers during the last annual conference, I felt incredibly welcomed and supported as a new member. The kind and fun spirit of the group meant very much to me. Simply meeting others from ArLiSNAP helped to ease my nerves as a first-time conference presenter. Now, looking back on their kindness, that experience is the primary source of motivation for me to apply to this Co-Moderator position.

What merits / experiences do you bring to this position?
I am dedicated to promoting opportunities and engagement among students and new professionals. For example, during my MLIS education, I served in leadership roles for two student organizations. I was a Co-President for the UCLA student chapter of the Special Libraries Association after I had served as the Activities Chair for the previous year. I was also the Secretary and Web Chair for two years for the UCLA student group, Artifacts, an organization for students interested in arts librarianship, visual resources, and museum informatics. My involvement with these student associations was driven by my interest in collaborating with others to enhance student learning opportunities.

I have also branched out from student groups by working with the broader professional library network as the Secretary/Treasurer for the Southern California Technical Processes Group. I have always been interested in the technical services aspects of art librarianship, so this was my opportunity to merge both of those curiosities. I believe my past involvement with both student and professional organizations will allow me to contribute meaningfully to ArLiSNAP. I have learned what it takes to commit to leading and supporting the members of robust and growing organizations. I have enjoyed participating in outreach and programming, along with other administrative duties, such as creating documentation, planning internal meetings, providing website maintenance, and more. Most importantly, I have learned how to collaborate, adjust, listen, and promote a supportive learning environment for all of those involved.

If elected, what would be your biggest goals for ArLiSNAP?
As a Co-Moderator, I would work with my fellow volunteers to continue the existing mission of the group while collaborating to develop new initiatives and opportunities for all. There is a lot this group has to offer – from promoting knowledge to sharing resources, fostering dialogues, growing an inclusive network, and creating a lasting community. My goal would be to strengthen this supportive environment by introducing new programming, enhancing outreach strategies, and promoting meaningful engagement among members. 

For programming, we could develop co-sponsored events, such as workshops and webinars that focus on emerging trends, equitable service, professional development, and building the confidence of early-career students and professionals. Additionally, planning events purely for fun, like happy hours, watch parties, gaming events, etc., so there is a focus on connecting with people, in addition to learning, too. 

For outreach, I would aim to center the group’s initiatives to welcome any and all who are interested. The unique nature of this membership base, being entirely composed of students and new professionals, provides an advantage and should be embraced while building our community. It allows for wide-open gates for entry and participation by those who may or may not have a background in art librarianship but certainly have an interest in learning more about it. I find that to be a really encouraging quality of this group and could help overall growth in membership.

In addition to programming and outreach, I would love to create opportunities for active engagement among members. By promoting active knowledge sharing, fluid communication, open contribution opportunities, a welcoming environment, and ways to learn more about each other, we could help foster meaningful and consistent engagement. 

Overall, I would hope to continue the incredible work that has already been started while working with others to contribute new ideas that would benefit everyone.

Lindsey Jackson
Senior Library Specialist/User Services Associate, University of Texas Fine Arts Library

Tell us a little about your background with art librarianship and/or ARLIS.
I stumbled upon art librarianship and ARLIS early into my time in library school. I was lucky that the regional ARLIS/NA Texas-Mexico Chapter were having their 2018 meeting in my city of Austin, so I went and met a lot of lovely professionals and looked at some amazing art. I was able to attend the 2019 regional conference as well. At the regional meeting I volunteered for be on the planning committee for ARLIS/NA 2023 conference in Mexico City. I looked forward to attending the ARLIS/NA 2020. But that was thwarted by the pandemic, so I look forward to attending someday. 

In 2019 I began working at the University of Texas Fine Arts Library in access services and the student workers supervisor. This library houses an impressive maker space along with its’ impressive collection of fine art and music materials. I love working in this environment which encourages artistic exploration, and offers tools to pursue it. 

What merits / experiences do you bring to this position?
I have experience being a good virtual and in-person team member, and have experiences in project management and event planning. I am on the board of a performing arts nonprofit called Honk!TX, which puts on an annual brass band festival, with the last two years being virtual festivals. This position requires a lot of communication with band leaders, volunteers, and committee groups. I really enjoy working with this organization, because creating access to live music is something I’m passionate about. Our festival is free, in various neighborhoods around Austin, and is a spectacle. 

In 2019, I volunteered for the New Members Round Table Midwinter Social Planning committee. Along with 6 other volunteers, we met virtually to plan a social event at ALA’s Midwinter conference in Philadelphia. I reached out to venues, created social media content and signage using Canva, and I came up with ideas for event programming. I enjoyed working on this project for the opportunity to collaborate with other new up-and-coming professionals. 

I am also a trombone player for a local brass band. We have 12-16 mostly female-identifying members, which requires a lot of communication to confirm gigs, schedule events, maintain our social media platforms. I moved us away from endless email chains to using Slack, which has been a great way for us to communicate. This is my favorite team that I am on, all of my bandmates are amazing people and we get stuff done (and have a lot of fun).

I believe all of these experiences, would make me a good co-moderator for ArLiSNAP. I graduated with my MLS in December 2020 and was glad that I had started networking and being professionally involved while still in school. I want to make the process of being involved less intimidating. I think by fostering a good community with new professionals and seasoned ones, through outreach, events, and even just a solid Instagram post, is vitally important for the profession. 

If elected, what would be your biggest goals for ArLiSNAP?
Continuing to make ArLiSNAP a good resource and community for new professionals. Right now there may be a need for more help with resumes and interviews while many more people are looking for work. 

Alison Quirion
Library Assistant I, Orange County Public Libraries

Tell us a little about your background with art librarianship and/or ARLIS.
My background with art librarianship is limited to what I learned during my MLIS program. I did not even think that art librarianship was a feasible career option for me until I took an Art Librarianship course with a wonderful instructor, Maggie Murphy, who opened my eyes to the options and possibilities for people like me who love art and librarianship but don’t have an art or art history background. Since taking that course, I have joined ARLIS and VRA, have overcome my insecurities to apply for every possible scholarship and internship related to art librarianship, and hope to find my dream job now that I have graduated.

What merits / experiences do you bring to this position?
While art librarianship is completely new to me, I have many years of experience working in entertainment marketing and dealing with creative individuals. I have led teams, collaborated with diverse groups, built relationships and trust with key stakeholders, made presentations to groups large and small, and I love learning. During my last two semesters at San Jose State, I was the Chair of the student chapter of the Society of American Archivists, and contributed to raising awareness for the group, improving member experiences during the pandemic, and building a sense of community. I plan to bring my entire toolkit to the ArLiSNAP co-moderator role and look forward to drafting off all the hard work and accomplishments of Alex and being a great partner for Chaun.

If elected, what would be your biggest goals for ArLiSNAP?
If elected, I would first focus on the results of the most recent member survey, identify key priorities, and draft a plan to address member needs. I would also want to increase outreach to members who are less active to find ways to get them engaged and ensure that they continue to value their membership in the group. I would like to continue the work that has started on increasing diversity as well as exposing members to exciting work being done in critical librarianship. Past co-moderators have done a great job of evaluating services and activities, keeping what works, getting rid of what doesn’t, and adding new ways to serve members. That is something I would continue to do as a co-moderator. I would also want to make sure that our goals are aligned with the broader goals of ArLiS/NA, and that we maximize all opportunities to connect ArLiSNAP members with the entire association.

Extended: Call for ArLiSNAP Co-Moderator Candidates

Missed the call to serve as the 2021-2023 ArLiSNAP Co-Moderator? Now’s your chance! We are extending the deadline to submit your candidacy.

If you’d like to collaboratively lead ArLiSNAP with Chaun Campos, soon to be second-year co-moderator, please complete this form to submit your candidacy by the new deadline, June 4, 2021.

Curious about what it means to be co-moderator? Read Everything You Need to Know About Co-Moderating but Never Thought to Ask (2021 Edition) by Alex O’Keefe, the co-moderator rotating off. Please feel free to send any questions to

Best of luck to all who run! 

Call for ArLiSNAP Co-Moderator Candidates

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The Art Library Students and New ARLIS/NA Professionals (ArLiSNAP) Section is excited to announce that we are kicking off the election cycle for our new co-moderator, who will serve a two year term from 2021-2023. Curious about what it means to be co-moderator? Read Everything You Need to Know About Co-Moderating but Never Thought to Ask (2021 Edition) by Alex O’Keefe, the co-moderator rotating off.

If you’d like to collaboratively lead ArLiSNAP with Chaun, soon to be second-year co-moderator, please complete this form to submit your candidacy.

The form will close on May 23, 2021, and voting on candidates will begin on May 26, 2021. Keep an eye on our blog, listserv, and social media for candidate and voting information! Please feel free to send any questions to

Everything You Need to Know About Co-Moderating but Never Thought to Ask (2021 Edition)

This post means I’m nearing the end of my term as the 2019-2021 ArLiSANP Co-Moderator, as we embark on co-moderator elections for the 2021-2023 cycle. While it’s bittersweet to depart a group that’s been my safe haven since joining ARLIS/NA in 2017, I’m excited to share my reflections and advice. So, following in Michele Jenning’s footsteps, I’m presenting my version of her excellent 2020 send-off post.  

About Co-Moderating ArLiSNAP

ArLiSNAP is a section of ARLIS/NA that has a team of volunteers who serve its membership. It is led by two co-moderators, who have staggered terms so that there is always an experienced and a new leader each year. Co-moderators are selected through an election process after the group’s annual meeting. They work together to unite the efforts of the ArLiSNAP volunteers, which ranges from performing outreach, organizing programming to support the membership, collaborating with other ARLIS/NA stakeholders, and engaging with our community. 

The team is spread far and wide across the United States and Canada, and the co-moderators work to oversee, support, and uplift their work. This routinely includes scheduling volunteer check-ins, hosting bi-monthly all-volunteer meetings, responding to ArLiSNAP emails, being active on Slack, and performing recruitment and on/offboarding when volunteers rotate. We also regularly review and update our internal documentation, and encourage our volunteers to do the same. 

Often there are other, new initiatives proposed by either the co-moderators or the ArLiSNAP volunteers to support the members falling outside of these routines. In that case, the co-moderators form internal teams, develop timelines, and help with project management when needed. When an initiative is managed by one of our excellent volunteers, we provide support however is best. This could include giving advice, working with ARLIS/NA leadership or the management company, writing for the blog, creating funding requests, emailing stakeholders – the list could go on and it all depends on the task and the volunteer’s needs! 

That may seem like a lot of roles, and it can require quite a bit of time. But working with such an energized, enthusiastic group of volunteers and seeing our positive impact for those we serve makes it all worth that effort! It also has lent a new perspective on the organization and allowed me to meet and learn from other leaders in the wider ARLIS/NA community. As we like to say to each volunteer during onboarding, your time with ArLiSNAP is what you make of it.

My Time in the Role

I was going to list out all of the special projects from the last two years, but that would be quite a lengthy list as ArLiSNAP has kept growing. Instead, I’ll encourage you to take a glance at our 2019 annual report and 2021 annual meeting minutes to see all the big things we accomplished in my tenure (including a rebranding and website redesign initiative, expanding our ArLiSNAP/VREPS virtual Conference, and much more). 

While it isn’t the most popular subject, I will say documentation is KEY for a group like this. So many folks rotate on and off as their situations evolve (which is all too familiar to students and new professionals). Without that initial push in my first year for all of us — including the co-moderators — to thoughtfully document the work we do in each position and normalize using Slack and an organized Google Drive, the growth in this second year wouldn’t have been possible. 

Writing this final paragraph is tough, because my time in ArLiSNAP has meant so much to me. While I’ll still be around until the new co-moderator is elected, this post marks “the beginning of the end” of my tenure. Before being elected as co-moderator, as a student I served as the Chapter Liaison starting in the year I joined ARLIS/NA. So ArLiSNAP has been my community since the beginning, and will continue to be until I cross the bridge into being a mid-career professional. I have this group to thank for an amazing network of supportive, talented, and hardworking new professionals and up-and-coming students. My time serving this group has taught me so much about myself, about the profession, and about what we can accomplish together. I would like to extend my deepest thanks to all those who served alongside me, supported me, and collaborated with me. My experience wouldn’t have been as positive as it has without each of you (you know who you are).

Your time with ArLiSNAP is what you make of it; and I know I’ve made the most of my experience.

ArLiSNAP Volunteer Position Available!

Are you a student or new professional looking for opportunities to get involved in conversations around art librarianship? We are excited to announce an opening in our team of volunteers: Blog Editor!

We would like to thank our outgoing volunteer, Sarah Bilotta, and look forward to getting interest forms from potential new team members soon.

Our team of editors contribute and curate posts on topics relevant to the field of art librarianship. These include posts exploring current hot topics, interviews, success stories, and more. This is a collaborative position, so the time commitment varies according to blog schedule (but rarely exceeds 3-6 hours in a week). The other half of this partnership is currently Melanie Zerah. More information about our volunteers is available here.

To apply for this position, please fill out the ArLiSNAP Volunteer Position Interest Form available here: Submissions are due Wednesday, 5/5. If you have any questions about the role or ArLiSNAP before the deadline, please feel free to reach out to the co-moderators (

ArLiSNAP Annual Meeting + Pre-Conference Social Hour

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We invite you to join us for the 2021 ArLiSNAP Annual Meeting at 4:00 PM EDT on Monday, May 3! The annual meeting is your chance to get an in-depth look at the activities of our ARLIS/NA section throughout the past year, as well as provide your feedback as we begin the next cycle. Please note: You do not have to be registered for the ARLIS/NA annual conference to attend this meeting. 

After that, join us for the ArLiSNAP Pre-Conference Social Hour at 4:00 PM ET on Friday, May 7! Meet new people or see old ‘conference buddies’ in this social space. Connect with other students and new professionals as we get excited for the conference together. We may not be able to meet in person for our traditional happy hour at a local spot, but we look forward to folks joining virtually wherever they are! Please note: This event is recommended for those registered for the conference.

For Zoom security purposes, please register using this form for either or both events by 4/3 at 10:00 AM EDT. We will send Zoom information and the agenda for the Annual Meeting shortly after that deadline prior to the meeting’s start time. 

We look forward to seeing you there!
Alex + Chaun
ArLiSNAP Co-Moderators 

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.

Submit Your Questions!

If you have questions about any part of the job hunt for our panelists, please feel free to email them in advance to

ArLiSNAP Apology and New Best Practices


ArLiSNAP acknowledges a mistake we made by not originally including people of color on our Career Development Panel for the St. Louis conference. (See the final, virtual event information here.) While some of us had this thought, we did not vocalize or act on it in order to keep the event on our planned timeline – we recognize that silence was a statement, whether intended or not. We also recognize that preparing the programming that our community deserves takes time and thoughtful planning. We thank those who respectfully called us out and held us accountable as a Section of ARLIS/NA. We own our shortcomings and apologize for our past actions. We believe in transparency and did not want to hide this mistake.

ArLiSNAP represents the future of ARLIS, and we promise to work harder to take actions towards the Diversity and Inclusion that we have stated we stand for. Words are easy, but we want to prove our commitment through our actions. Please see our new best practices for ArLiSNAP events below.

New Best Practices

In the past, ArLiSNAP has relied on our own, limited networks of art information professionals which leads to problems with equity and inclusion in a variety of forms.

Starting August 2020:

  • ArLiSNAP will continue to post ArLiSNAP participation opportunities for students and new professionals over our channels (the ArLiSNAP listserv, ARLIS-L, and social media).
  • All ArLiSNAP events seeking mid to late-career art information professionals as participants will host an open call on ARLIS-L, rather than relying on the networks of the ArLiSNAP volunteers (which is the current practice).
  • ArLiSNAP must ensure that at least 50% of professional participants chosen for synchronous events identify as BIPOC. If this criteria is not met, another dedicated call will be issued. If ArLiSNAP is unable to meet this through the second call, a statement will be issued with the event to promote transparency.

This will definitely include our future Career Development Panel for the 2021 annual conference, and will be a standing practice for new programs. We will work to align our goals and priorities with our outside collaborators for larger ArLiSNAP events (i.e. our virtual conference).

Hold Us Accountable

We ask that everyone please continue holding us accountable. If you have ideas on how ArLiSNAP can improve or programs we can offer in the future, we welcome them via email to

Welcome Our New ArLiSNAP Co-Moderator, Chaun Campos!

Please join me in welcoming our new Co-Moderator for 2020-2022, Chaun Campos!

person in front of art piece

Hello all!

Words cannot express how excited I am about being ArLiSNAP’s 2020-2022 Co-Moderator. I’m looking forward to working with everyone.

I received my undergrad from Augusta University in anthropology with a minor in art and I’m an MLIS student at Valdosta State University. I’ll have my degree by the Summer of 2021. I also work full-time as a Library Specialist in Georgia. My love of “The Mummy” film franchise from the ‘90’s has sent me down a wonderful rabbit hole filled with information, art, and cultural stewardship.

Although I’m still learning about art librarianship and information science in general, I’m here to help so please don’t hesitate to reach out to me. Some things I have experience and/or interests in are 2-D art, material culture, anthropology, academic libraries, social science, preservation, and gardening.