Category Archives: Member Profiles

Meet your new ArLiSNAP Co-Moderator, Rachel Schend!

Rachel Schend

Hi everyone! I am very happy to accept the ArLiSNAP Co-Moderator position for the 2014-2016 term and am excited to get to work.

I am currently a second year graduate student pursuing a dual Art History/MLS degree from Indiana University, where I also received my B.A. in Art History. I have a variety of jobs on campus including a Graduate Assistantship at the IU Art Museum with the Curator of Education and a Graduate Supervisor position at the Fine Arts Library on campus. This summer, I will be starting a position at the E. Lingle Craig Preservation Lab.  I am president of IU’s Society of Art Librarianship Students and treasurer of the Art History Association. Some of my interests in art librarianship include the preservation of materials, visual literacy, and library instruction.

As I begin my term, I would love to see more engagement in career development for students such as resumé reviews and Reddit-style AMA’s by current art librarians. I would also love to hear about projects that members of the group want to see implemented. Thank you all for voting and I look forward to working with you for the next two years!

A warm welcome for our new Canadian Liaison, Allana Mayer!

Allana will be working to improve our coverage of Canadian opportunities, including job postings and art librarianship news from across Canada.

Allana Mayer


I’m currently completing my MLIS at McGill in Montreal, after an undergrad in cultural theory and digital art. I’ve worked hard to tailor my education towards art and media archiving and librarianship: my academic research and work experience so far has centred around digital preservation and metadata of artistic and cultural objects, photographic authenticity and access, open access and open content for the GLAM community, digital asset management and information architecture, and copyright and fair use. I hope to enter the workforce as a digital preservation, copyright, or metadata specialist. I am excited about moving back to Toronto and joining my local ARLIS/NA chapter there; I have also written for ARLIS/NA Reviews, and will (hopefully!) soon be published in ARLIS/NA Multimedia and Technology Reviews.

Outside of ARLIS/NA, I am also a member of the Museum Computer Network (which is another amazing group you should all belong to, if you care about digitization, open-access, exhibit design and technology …. ), the Association of Canadian Archivists (who are letting me speak this summer about “rogue archiving”), and the Special Libraries Association (who let me speak last year about hosting orphaned photography collections online).

I’m happy to represent Canadian professionals and students, as information on Canadian arts librarianship is extremely hard to find. It’s tough out there for a Canuck, and I’d like to make it easier.

Are you interested in volunteering with ArLiSNAP? Contact Co-Moderator Ellen Tisdale about the opportunities we have to get involved!

Introducing: Abigail Sadler, ArLiSNAP’s newest Discussion Liaison!

We are happy to welcome a second Discussion Liaison, Abigail Sadler, to our team.



Currently, I am working on my MLIS and Graduate Certificate in Archival Administration at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan.  I have a BA in Art History, so prior to entering the program I knew I was interested in art librarianship.  Presently, I am working as a Graduate Student Assistant providing reference services at the Adamany Undergraduate Library at the university. I also work as a Library Intern at The Detroit Institute of Arts Library and Archives.  I have loved every second of these experiences and have learned so much about the profession.  These opportunities have done a great deal to strengthen my passion for the field and I am looking forward to facilitating meaningful discussions about art librarianship as the new Discussion Liaison.  


Look for posts from Abigail in our new series of Sunday Feature Posts!

Introducing: Alison Larson, ArLiSNAP’s new Discussion Liaison!

We are delighted to welcome Alison to the ArLiSNAP team.

Alison Larson

I am a new member of ARLIS and ARLIS/ TX-MX and a MLIS student at UNT, Denton. I have a background in fine arts with BA and MA degrees in Art History. After a number of years in various positions in museums, libraries, and higher education, I have decided that my true calling is art librarianship! I currently work in the Crouch Fine Arts Library at Baylor University in Waco, Texas.

One of my favorite aspects of the job is discussion! Talking to the student workers, patrons, library staff and librarians about basically anything library-related or otherwise makes my job fun and interesting. I would like to make connections with others in the field by initiating conversations around current topics in art librarianship as I am learning about them myself both theoretically and practically.

Looking forward to the discussion posts, Alison!


Are you interested in taking on a more active role within ArLiSNAP? We are always happy to have more members getting involved! Email Stephanie or Ellen (see contact info on the menu to the right) to find out how you can contribute. Potential volunteer roles could include:

  • participating in educational opportunities such as webinars and sharing the experience on the blog;

  • liaising with the VRA emerging professionals and students organization, vreps;

  • sharing relevant technology news and developments;

  • or working on ways to support greater diversity among our ranks. For example, last year ArLiSNAP ran a Make Your Own Button machine at the ARLIS/NA Conference in Pasadena, the proceeds from which went to the Student Diversity Conference Attendance Award.

If you have other ideas of ways you would like to add to the group’s efforts, let us know!

Meet your new liaisons!

Thanks to everyone who contacted us about the arlisnap liaison roles. We’re excited to have more contributors joining our group and to keep bringing you relevant and thought-provoking content. We’re still looking for a Discussions Liaison, so if you’re interested in writing and starting conversations on the blog, let us know!

Liaisons are now listed on the sidebar of the blog, beneath the moderator contact information. A permanent link to their position descriptions is also included.

LeslieVegaLeslie Vega, Chapter Liaison
Leslie Vega is a Visual Arts + Music Librarian for the SUNY Binghamton University Libraries. As Chapter Liaison, she’ll keep the ArLiSNAP blog updated with chapter news and events, including mentoring or scholarship opportunities, chapter meetings, and local conferences. You can reach her at lvega[at]binghamton[dot]edu.

Eden Orelove, DC-MD-VA Liaison
Eden is a member of the DC-MD-VA Chapter of ARLIS/NA and is serving on the program committee for the 2014 annual conference in Washington, DC. Keep an eye on her posts for DC-MD-VA news and events, especially as the conference draws nearer! Contact her via email at edeno[at]gwmail[dot]gwu[dot]edu.

Erik Sommer, Educational Opportunities Liaison
As Educational Opportunities liaison, Erik will keep us updated with information on lectures, scholarship opportunities, webinars, workshops, internships or post-grad opportunities, and other educational activities of interest to arlisnappers. As a reminder, you can keep apprised of these events through the Educational Opportunities Calendar. Erik can be reached at erikjsommer[at]gmail[dot]com.

ZingarelliArlisPhotoAnna-Sophia Zingarelli, Student Group Liaison
Anna-Sophia earned an MA in History of Art and Architecture from the NYU Institute of Fine Arts, and will be starting her MLIS program in a few short weeks at the University of Pittsburgh, along with an internship at the Frick Fine Arts Library. Anna-Sophia will serve as primary contact for student groups (or students interested in art librarianship), with the goal of creating a stronger connections between these organizations and ArLiSNAP and ARLIS/NA. She’ll report on opportunities and events at different organizations (particularly those schools with dual-degree programs) and foster discussions on topics relevant to our readers (hot topics in the field, new technologies, etc.). You can follow her on twitter @aszingarelli or contact by email at a.s.zingarelli[at]gmail[dot]com.

JoanSinghPicJoan Jocson, Job Postings Liaison
Joan is currently an Acquisitions Librarian at Columbia University, and working on her second master’s in Anthropology. She’ll join Alissa Hafele to keep arlisnap readers up-to-date on all of the arts- and art-museum related job opportunities for students and new professionals. Follow her blog at or contact her at jm.jocson213[at]gmail[dot]com.

Member Spotlight: Bronwyn Dorhofer, University of Oregon Portland

As our readers know, we here at the ArLiSNAP blog like our job postings. Today, we’re going to switch that up a bit and shine a spotlight on one of our “success stories,” Bronwyn Dorhofer.The original job posting can be found archived here:

My current position is as Access Services and Outreach Librarian for the University of Oregon Portland Library and Learning Commons, a small satellite campus which serves the diverse research needs of students pursuing degrees in the spheres of architecture, digital arts and product design. My primary responsibilities are to manage the circulation and access services department, supervise and coach student workers, and to design outreach and marketing materials to promote library services to our Portland community.

I originally found the advertisement to my position through ArLiSNAP in February 2012, but was not officially recruited by the University of Oregon until March 2013. I was interested in this position because I was looking for professional librarian opportunities within the city of Portland which allowed me to continue working in an academic environment which had a commitment to serving art and design students. With my background in art history, museum and academic libraries and access services, this felt like a perfect opportunity for someone beginning their professional career. Thank you, ArLiSNAP!