Hello friends! As the outgoing Co-Moderator for 2020-2022, I wanted to take some time to express how much I’ve enjoyed being a part of ArLiSNAP. Being a Co-Moderator of the Art Library Society of North America’s Students and New Professionals section (ArLiSNAP) has been a rewarding and empowering experience within the organization for me. As a Co-Mod, I’ve been able to better understand how to be a leader, what my personal values are, and what those of the society as a whole are. I’ve also met a plethora of amazing people willing to provide insights and knowledge that has certainly benefited and allowed me to be more comfortable on my career path. Co-Mods are able to support the activities of other volunteers and incorporate their learning objectives and research or experiences into the the goals of the section and society as a whole (just like all the other volunteers in ArLiSNAP!) I want to offer anyone considering running for this position some of the advice that I was offered as a new Co-Mod so the doubt is cleared, because we’ve all got the potential to lead!
Friendly, Unsolicited Advice!
You’re going to wonder what you’re doing. That’s okay. The other volunteers are here to assist you and make sure you’re in the loop.
You’re going to want to be a part of everything, but you don’t have to be. You get to make decisions and your Co-Mod will have your back on them or reel you in when need be, lol.
You’re going to learn a lot about leadership and camaraderie. You’re going to do amazing things! Get out there!
Are you a student or new professional looking for opportunities to get involved in conversations around art librarianship? We are excited to announce openings in our team of volunteers: Social Media Liaison, Communications Liaison, and Canadian Liaison!
We would like to thank our outgoing Social Media Liaison, Callie Cherry; outgoing Communications Liaison, Meghan O’Neill; and outgoing Canadian Liaison, Chelsea Woodhouse, and look forward to getting interest forms from potential new team members soon.
Please see the descriptions of these open positions on our volunteers page on our ArLiSNAP blog. Each of these positions offer an opportunity to engage with our new professional community, collaborate with other volunteers, promote initiatives you’d like to see for ArLiSNAP, and gain leadership experience.
To apply, please fill out the ArLiSNAP Volunteer Position Interest Form available here: https://tinyurl.com/ArLiSNAP-interest. Submissions are due March 7th, 2022. If you have any questions about the role or ArLiSNAP before the deadline, please feel free to reach out to the co-moderators by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As an incoming Co-Moderator, I would love to hear any thoughts or ideas you may have for the future of ArLiSNAP.
I am so excited to introduce myself as the new Co-Moderator for ArLiSNAP! I can’t wait to get started volunteering with Chaun and the rest of the leadership network to promote our community and create opportunities for our members.
In 2019, I graduated with a B.A. in Art History from California State University Channel Islands, and just earlier this month, I graduated with an MLIS degree from UCLA with a concentration in Informatics and Digital Humanities. My background includes a range of library spaces, including a public library, federal law library, community-based art library, and academic library. However, I really connected with art librarianship during my work as a Reference Assistant for the UCLA Arts Library. I love the intersection of the arts disciplines, documentation, and resource sharing. I truly hope to continue my work in art libraries for the long haul, and as a new professional, I know one of the best ways to continue connecting with the field is to actively engage with others interested in it too. I figure there’s no better way to do this than volunteering with ArLiSNAP! I am so excited to develop ways for us all to connect and learn from each other.
I look forward to meeting and working with all of you to make this community what we want it to be. Please always feel free to reach out to me via Slack or email. Thank you for welcoming me!
Hi everyone! I’m very excited to join the team as a Blog Editor.
Eileen is an MLIS student at the University of British Columbia, and she has a background in English literature. She currently works as a casual assistant at her local public library and freelances as an academic Chinese-English translator. Prior to getting involved with ArLiSNAP, she was the editor of The Colloquium, an arts and community e-zine published by the Vancouver Arts Colloquium Society (VACS).
Despite a longstanding interest in art as well as libraries, she admits she’s relatively new to art librarianship, and very much looks forward to learning through this position and from the rest of the ArLiSNAP team. Some of her LIS-related interests include visual information design, media literacy, and book history. Outside of that, she enjoys blogging about anime, playing piano, and creating snow sculptures on the rare occasion that it snows hard enough in Southern British Columbia.
Alison is currently pursuing her MLIS at Simmons University, where she’s also in the Children’s Literature degree program. Slated to finish in Spring 2022, she’s previously logged time — both paid and not — at public and museum libraries and is currently working part-time at Smith College Special Collections, handling their social media accounts. She’s also currently serving as the northeast ambassador at Art + Feminism, an organization devoted to increasing gender parity in Wikipedia coverage and authorship (among other awesome goals.)
Before pursuing graduate study in libraries and literature, Alison received her bachelor’s degree in Magazine Journalism from Syracuse University and worked for a couple of years as a freelance writer. She says she’s “super into all things books and art — especially art books and zines and everything in between.” She maintains her own “sporadic!” art zine publishing practice and is a co-founder of the DC Art Book Fair. She can chat Wikipedia (for hours) with anyone willing to engage.
Alison is excited to continue the goals of the blog for all her fellow students and new professionals in this field. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to her if you have ideas, or just to say hello!
My name is Chelsea, I am so excited to be joining the ArLiSNAP community as a Canadian Liaison.
I am in my final semester at McGill University working towards an MA in Information Studies with a focus on librarianship, web-based library development. I have a background in Anthropology, as well as some professional experience working in museums, rare and special collections, and medical libraries.
Currently I am based in Montreal, Quebec, a city well known for its incredible artists and communities. As we enter year-two of the COVID-19 pandemic, let’s work together to stay connected, form new connections, and continue to inform and encourage each other on art libraries and related specializations!
I’m delighted to serve as the new ArLiSNAP Student Liaison. I’m a first-year MLIS student at UCLA, where I focus on art librarianship, rare books, and visual culture. I’m also serving as the Project Manager for California Rare Book School (CalRBS).
Prior to my time at UCLA, I received an MFA in Poetry from Hunter College. My translation of Macanese poet Yao Feng’s One Love Only Until Death was published by Vagabond Press in 2017, and my poems, plays, and stories have appeared in Grub Street, Santa Ana River Review, Wild Word, and elsewhere. I also have an active art practice. I’ve performed with Jennifer Vanilla at MoMA Ps1 and Le Poisson Rouge in NYC, and my collaborative exhibition Turbulent Femme with artist Alex McClay was staged by the University of Georgia Galleries in 2019. Most of my current creative energies are channeled into the creation and appreciation of artists’ books.
I’ve taught writing and artmaking at public universities throughout the U.S., and I’m passionate about outreach, inclusive instruction, and the facilitation of creative expression. Pedagogies of care and ethical librarianship are my deepest passions. If you’d like to chat about these areas, artists’ books, or otherwise, please don’t hesitate to get in touch!
Are you a student or new professional looking for opportunities to get involved in conversations around art librarianship? We are excited to announce two open ArLiSNAP volunteer positions to help you do just that! The Co-Moderators would like to thank those who served in these roles previously and look forward to getting interest forms from potential new team members soon.
To apply for a position, please fill out the ArLiSNAP Volunteer Position Interest Form available here: https://tinyurl.com/ArLiSNAP-interest. We will be reviewing the first round of applications on 2/19, so be sure to submit your form by 2/14! If you have any questions about the roles or ArLiSNAP before the deadline, please feel free to reach out to us at email@example.com.
We still want to hear from students and new professionals through our biennial survey! We are extending the deadline, and expanding our reach due to low responses. This is a participant’s opportunity to tell us how they engage with ArLiSNAP (or don’t yet), which services they find relevant, and what topics they’re interested in. Answers will shape ArLiSNAP as we set our goals and revisit our plans for the next two years
We’re kicking off our new Happy Hour series this month, and we would love to see you there! This virtual event will be held on September 24th at 5 pm EST. Chaun, 2020-22 Co-Moderator, will be hosting this Happy Hour and she’s preparing a game of Werewolf for participants to play after breaking the ice! She’s additionally encouraging everyone to bring their own beverages and dad jokes. We’re looking forward to hanging out with everyone!