Please welcome your new Conference Planning Liaison, Breanne Crumpton!

BreanneCrumptonProfileHello Fellow Art Librarians and Aspiring Art Librarians. I am currently the GlaxoSmithKline fellow for the reference library at the North Carolina Museum of Art through the end of next May. I graduated this past May (2015) with my MLIS from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. My undergraduate degree is in Business Administration with a double major in Art History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC).

I have numerous experiences with a variety of cultural institutions. I worked at UNC’s Music Library for three years during my undergraduate and have volunteered at many locations including the High Point Museum, UNCG’s Special Collections and University Archives, and Greenhill, an art gallery in downtown Greensboro.

My interests in art librarianship lies with advocacy (especially for art museum libraries), making connections between libraries and the artist community, as well as encouraging art and artist professional development in other library spaces (such as academic and public libraries). I am looking forward to being the new Conference Planning Liaison because I feel there are a lot of interesting and valuable projects continuously going on across the country and the opportunity to share these ideas and gain feedback is paramount. I look forward to working with everyone and thank you for this opportunity!

Please welcome your new Job Posting Liaison, Jasmine Burns!

Welcome our new Job Posting Liaison, Jasmine Burns. Jasmine has already been doing a fantastic job adding a large number of job posts to the site!

Hi ArLiSANPers. I just started work as the Image Technologies and Visual Literacy Librarian at the Fine Arts Library at Indiana University (a job that I discovered on the

headshot ArLiSNAP blog!). I hold an MLIS from UW-Milwaukee with a concentration in Archive Studies (2015), and a Master of Arts in Art History from Binghamton University with a certificate in Medieval and Renaissance Studies (2013). I have worked previously as an assistant curator of visual resources, a museum educator, and an archival/digitization assistant. Here at IU, I manage the image collections dedicated to teaching and research in the Fine Arts, provide workshops and instruction in visual and information literacy, and will soon be digitizing our extensive Artist Book collection.

My research interests are focused on the impact of the digitization of cultural heritage objects on research and historical interpretation. I currently serve as Secretary on the Executive Board of the Visual Resources Association, and have been an active ARLIS member for about two years. As a recent graduate, in my first professional position, I am looking forward to using my successful job hunting skills to benefit the larger ArLiSNAP community. Please feel free to reach out to me for any reason!

Welcome the new ArLiSNAP co-moderator Courtney Baron!

Please join me in welcoming the new ArLiSNAP co-moderator, Courtney Baron!

courtneyHi, I’m Courtney Baron and I’m thrilled to serve ArLiSNAP as a Co-Moderator along with Tiffany Saulter. I am the Director of Visual Resources at the University of Georgia and I completed my MLIS from Valdosta State University in May 2015. My educational background is in Classical Art and Archaeology.

I have been a part of ArLiSNAP since fall 2013 as a Discussion Liaison, and until recently I served as the Managing Editor of Hack Library School so managing a blog and a community of library students is second nature to me. As Managing Editor of HLS, I facilitated guest posts, scheduled monthly writer posts, and worked on special projects, such as Digital Humanities Week or HLS Day in the Life. I would really love to continue working in this capacity with a focus on arts and humanities librarianship in ArLiSNAP. Some of the projects we worked on at Hack Library School that I can see working well in ArLiSNAP include Student/New Professional Day in the Life and establishing book and technology reviews. Reviews are invaluable to librarians, and we are lucky that ARLIS/NA makes it so easy for us to contribute these, but writing reviews takes time and a particular skill set. I think ArLiSNAP is a great way to practice professional reviews as well as review resources that are not featured in the official ARLIS/NA reviews. Some of my favorite posts on ArLiSNAP are more personal; for example, an overview of conference experiences or a major project, or interviews with more seasoned professionals. I also enjoy the educational or informative posts. I would like to encourage more of these posts on the blog in addition to probably the most popular – JOBS! As a former INALJ volunteer (I managed the Georgia page in 2013-2014), I know how important a repository of jobs is to our community, so I wonder if we can partner with INALJ or improve this aspect in some way.

I was one of the presenters who participated in the ArLiSNAP/VREPS webinar in January 2015. This webinar was absolutely fantastic – not only did it provide a (free!) way for students and new professionals to gain presentation experience, but it also served to foster a relationship between ArLiSNAP and VREPS. Considering 2016 is a joint conference with ARLIS/NA and VRA in Seattle, this connection is more important now than ever before and is something that I would be very much interested in continuing to develop. I hope that we can continue to plan annual webinars, and I would also love to see ArLiSNAP coordinate a weekly or monthly Twitter chat, virtual meet-ups, and other ways of connecting with one another. This will also help us connect with the international community of art librarians.

If you have any suggestions on ways that we can improve ArLiSNAP, please let us know. I’m excited to get started!

Thank you!

Courtney Baron

Date correction: post your candidacy to be the next ArLiSNAP co-moderator.

The reminder post to announce your candidacy for ArLiSNAP co-moderator incorrectly had the deadline of October 19th (whoops!). The correct deadline is October 26, so there’s still time to put your name up for consideration if you’re interested! Add a comment to this post to announce your candidacy.  Want to learn more about what it’s like to be a co-moderator? Read Ellen Tisdale’s post about the position.

Reminder: post your candidacy to be the next ArLiSNAP Co-Moderator!

Art Library Students and New ARLIS Professionals (ArLiSNAP) seeks candidates for its next Co-Moderator.

To learn more about this exciting opportunity, read this post and comment to apply. The deadline is October 19, 2015. Want to learn more about what it’s like to be a co-moderator? Read Ellen Tisdale’s post about the position.

Be the next ArLiSNAP Co-Moderator!


Art Library Students and New ARLIS Professionals (ArLiSNAP) seeks candidates for its next Co-Moderator.

Current ArLiSNAP co-moderator Rachel Schend had to step down from her position early, so we are preparing to open the polls for a special election.

The Co-Moderator position is an opportunity for a student or new professional to develop their leadership skills while providing a valuable service to ARLIS/NA. ArLiSNAP’s next Co-Moderator will serve from November 2015-March 2018, working alongside ArLiSNAP’s current 2015-2017 Co-Moderator, Tiffany Saulter.

Co-Moderator responsibilities include advancing the concerns of students and new professionals within ARLIS/NA, facilitating special projects, organizing ArLiSNAP’s annual meeting activities for the national ARLIS/NA conference, and contributing to the organization of other conference forums such as the New Voices panel. The future Co-Moderator will be heavily involved with the administration of the ArLiSNAP blog and social media accounts, and will serve as a representative and liaison between ArLiSNAP and other groups within, and outside, ARLIS/NA. Candidates  should plan to be present at ARLIS/NA conferences for the following two years. Candidates must be ARLIS/NA members.

To announce your candidacy, please comment on this post with a short biography, including the merits you would bring to this position, your professional or educational experience, and your thoughts on future goals for the ArLiSNAP group. Please post your candidacy by Monday, October 26th.

Elections will be held using SurveyMonkey from Monday, October 26 through Monday, November 2nd.

If you have questions about the position or the election, please feel free to contact current co-moderator, Tiffany Saulter (


Back to School 2015: Welcome to the new ArLiSNAP!

Fresh new look, same great resource!

(Don’t forget to update your bookmarks and etc. from to – or just follow us on Twitter or Facebook instead.)

Last year we compiled some of our best advice and discussion articles for students embarking on their first or second years of their MLISes. Rather than recap that, I’ll just add some of the new great stuff we’ve published in the past year:

Courtney Baron rejoined our editorial team with a great feature on how to turn your degree toward a Visual Resources focus.

Hannah Marshall tackled visual arts research data management, an emerging field you might be interested in.

Similarly, Sarah Seymore explored some of the questions around digital stewardship for art librarians.

I went in another direction, discussing the meeting points of art and law.

We profiled a ton of new and established practitioners in our field:
Mackenzie Salisbury, Sheila Cork, Ashley Peterson, Lindsey Reynolds, Erinn Paige and Laura Damon-Moore, Kim Collins, and Claire Kennedy.

I ran a rather wordy three-part story about publishing my first peer-reviewed article.

I also wrote some thoughts six months after I graduated, about what has been sustaining me in the field. It’s never too early to think about what you’ll be doing after graduating!

It’s also never too early to think about joining ArLiSNAP as a volunteer….

Please welcome your new ArLiSNAP feature post writer, Madelynn Dickerson!

m_dickersonHello! I am originally from Southern California and I work at the Pearson Library California Lutheran University as the information specialist overseeing reference services and serve as subject specialist for the visual arts, among other subjects. I also teach art history as adjunct faculty in the Art Department. I have a Master’s degree in art history

from the University of Edinburgh and I taught art history and composition courses at the American Academy of Art in Chicago before coming back home to California a few years ago. I am currently a student in the MLIS program at San Jose State University.

I have a broad range of interests in art librarianship, including collection development, special collections, and the library as a facilitator for creative scholarship. I recently collaborated with two artist/poets on VESSEL: Text (Re)Accessioned, an erasure poetry project using deselected library material.  I love teaching and really digging into research.

I’m very excited to be sharing ideas with everyone as a writer at ArLiSNAP!

Please welcome your new ArLiSNAP Social Media Liaison, Ralph Baylor!

2014-11-21 15.59.04ArLiSNAP is a great community of new professionals and students, when I saw the opportunity to join in the conversation as the Social Media Liaison, I had to take it.  I am a recent graduate of Pratt Institute where I earned my MLIS and Masters in Art History.  I am currently the Assistant Librarian for Public Services at the Frick Art Reference Library.  There I oversee the Library’s Interlibrary Loan services and assist researchers at the Reference Desk.  In addition I moonlight as the Collections Manager for the Center for Book Arts, where I am the librarian/registrar of The Center’s permanent collection of about 3,000 artist’s books and fine prints.  I am passionate about Reference Services in Museum and Academic Libraries and the potential of web applications to assist in Humanities research.

As the Social Media Liasion I look forward to reaching out to the active community of ArLiSNAP-ers. Expect to find me facilitating on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and the other channels ArLiSNAP has a presence in (but not Secret — too soon?)! Lets share networking stories, the post-graduation job hunt, advice, and worries.

If you run into me on the New York City subway you’ll see that I love to read science-ficition (hard sci-fi, cyberpunk, nano-punk), always with a large cup of coffee in my hand. I am also an avid runner and participate is 4 or 5 half-marathons a year.

Please welcome your new ArLiSNAP Chapter Liaison, Melissa Coulston!

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Hello ArLiSNAP! I am an MLIS student at the University of South Carolina and an employee in the library at USC Upstate. I’ve lived in the Upstate for two and a half years, but I am originally from Kentucky. While in Kentucky, I completed a master’s in Art History, a bachelor’s in Classics, and worked in the main library at the University of Kentucky. Between the Latin I studied and my semester abroad in Perugia, it was basically a given that I would study art of the Italian Renaissance for my MA. My thesis was about the Sistine Chapel altarpiece that was destroyed for Michelangelo’s Last Judgment, which in turn involved a lot of papal, Reformation, and Marian history. It was so much fun to research and write. Although I am only halfway through the MLIS program, I already know that I am very interested in art librarianship, visual literacy, digital preservation, and visual resource management. I’m excited for this opportunity to get more involved with ArLiSNAP and ARLIS/NA as the new Chapter Liaison.