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Introducing our new Canadian Co-Liaison, Emma Metcalfe Hurst!

Hi everyone! 

My name is Emma Metcalfe Hurst (she/her/hers) and I am excited to be the second half of the ArLiSNAP Canadian Co-Liaison duo with Ashely Huot. I am currently a third year dual MASLIS student at UBC iSchool in Vancouver, BC, on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations, which is where I was born and raised. I also hold a BFA in Critical and Cultural Practices and a Curatorial Studies Minor from Emily Carr University of Art & Design, and am currently working as a Dance Archivist for Karen Jamieson Dance and interning at the Museum of Anthropology Library and Archives this summer. More recently, I held positions at grunt gallery, coordinating the multi-year program Recollective: Vancouver Independent Archives Week, did reference work at UBC’s Music, Art, and Architecture Library, and arranged and described the recent acquisition of ceramic artist Paul Mathieu’s fonds at Emily Carr University of Art & Design Library and Archives.   

I come from a background working in community archives, public programming, and experimental publishing, with a focus on contemporary, performing, and ceramic arts. My entry into information studies was largely informed by this context, as well as my work as an artist, curator, and writer, and participation in DIY initiatives and collectives. I am interested in intellectual property rights, bringing visibility to underused collections, creating educational, engaging, and accessible experiences with digital materials, and applying creativity in information practices and environments.  

I got involved with ARLIS/NA last year, in the months leading up to the virtual 2020 conference, and attended my first in-person conference this year in Chicago, where I gave a lightning talk presentation on an oral history and community archives project I’ve been working on over the last few years called Coming Out of Chaos: A Vancouver Dance Story. I am also partaking in the year-long mentorship program through ARLIS/NA this year and hope to join some SIGs once school wraps up.

I felt a strong sense of gratitude and relief when I first encountered ArLiSNAP – including the many resources and the community behind it – and was motivated to become more involved. In this Canadian Co-Liaison position, Ashley and I are keen to focus on building a stronger Canadian presence in the chapter and opening up the lines of communication across the provinces and affiliated chapters through outreach and advocacy, as well as to share more resources on arts librarianship and archives for students and emerging professionals in a Canadian context. We both welcome your ideas, recommendations, and / or input in our efforts to support your needs and look forward to connecting with you!

Welcoming our new Canadian Co-Liaison, Ashley Huot!


My name is Ashley Huot (she/her) and I am looking forward to being one of your new ArLiSNAP Canadian Liaisons alongside Emma Metcalfe Hurst. My life has somehow weaved art, museums and galleries, community advocacy and education work, and contemporary arts publishing, which has now accumulated into entering the world of libraries! 

I reside on the prairies in Winnipeg (Wiinibiigong), Treaty 1 Territory, and the homeland of the Metis Nation; and have a BFA in Art and Design and an MLIS from the University of Alberta in Edmonton (Amiskwaciwâskahikan, Treaty 6 Territory). As an MLIS student, I had the chance to support the Winnipeg Art Gallery Clara Lander Reference Library’s transition to its new location in Qaumajuq’s Niizhwaaso Collaborative Research Centre and had the opportunity to complete a practicum with the Manitoba Library Association’s Prison Libraries Committee which involved creating a new email reference service for people incarcerated in provincial institutions. My volunteer work with this group also delves into creative library programming, such as the publishing of chapbooks featuring writing and art by prisoners.

Since the summer of 2021, I have been a Humanities Liaison Librarian at the University of Manitoba’s Fine Art/Architecture Library, where I serve the Faculty of Architecture (Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Interior Design, City Planning, and Environmental Design) and the Faculty of Classical Studies. My own research interests involve library instruction and pedagogy, particularly in studio-based, research-creation practices and conceptualizing art as information, engagement in open access, and information access issues, specifically in prisons. I (rather inconsistently) try to maintain an artistic practice!

I’ve had the pleasure of being involved with ARLIS/NA and ArLiSNAP in various ways, as an ARLIS/NA mentee, attending and presenting at conferences, and being a member of the Architecture and Planning SIG, the Canada Chapter, and the Northwest Chapter. Most recently I’ve taken a position as co-editor of ARLIS/NA’s newest publication, Library Exhibitions Review, and further support scholarly communications through my role as Editor-in-Cheif of Pathfinder: A Canadian Journal for Information Science Students and Early Career Professionals.

As one of your Canadian Co-Liaisons, I look forward to collaboratively working towards highlighting opportunities and the work and concerns of art and architecture information professionals and institutions across Canada. I welcome ideas, recommendations, and input from our members as to how we can best serve you. Being more geographically dispersed and having fewer art libraries and institutions here in the north, I see networks such as ARLIS/NA and ArLiSNAP as absolutely vital and look forward to connecting with you!

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 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!


PS. please send coffee

Call for ArLiSNAP Co-Moderator Candidates

Hello ArLiSNAP!

We are so excited to announce that we are kicking off the election cycle for our new ArLiSNAP Co-Moderator, who will serve a two-year term from 2022 to 2024.

Interested in learning more about being a Co-Mod? Read In Chaun’s Words: What It Means to be a ArLiSNAP Co-Mod by Chaun Campos, the co-moderator rotating off.

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

The form will close on May 27, 2022, and voting on candidates will begin on May 30, 2022. Keep an eye on our blog, listserv, and social media for candidate and voting information! Please feel free to send any questions to

Best of luck to all who run!

Chaun + Jessica
ArLiSNAP Co-Moderators

In Chaun’s Words: What It Means to be a ArLiSNAP Co-Mod

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!

Join ARLIS/NA Accessibility Edit-a-thon!


There’s an upcoming opportunity to learn and practice some web accessibility next week, ARLIS/NA will be hosting an  Accessibility Edit-a-thon on May 10th! This event will be focused on editing automatically-generated caption files associated with video content on ARLIS/NA’s Kaltura Channel. Included in these recordings are several ArLiSNAP virtual events that have taken place in the past that we are still trying to get accessible transcriptions for, but you can choose from a range of ARLIS/NA content to help transcribe.  

ARLIS/NA members Meredith Hale, Maggie Murphy, and Claire Payne will be leading the event and answering any questions you might have as you go through the process of editing caption files. The edit-a-thon will take place virtually from 4-8pm EST on Tuesday, May 10th. You’re welcome to join at any time and for whatever duration works with your schedule. You can register for the Zoom link here –

This is a great opportunity to help out! Feel free to reach out to Meredith Hale ( if you have any questions. We hope to see you next Tuesday!

ArLiSNAP Happy Hour – April 8th, 2022

The Art Library Student and New ARLIS Professionals (ArLiSNAP) Section invites all new professionals and students to join us for happy hour! Come relax together, grab a refreshment, make new conference connections, and reconnect after a busy conference week. We will be meeting at the BIG Bar in the East Tower on the Skyway level. If you are available and have the energy, please consider stopping by and connecting with ArLiSNAP members past and present! Thanks and hope to see you there!

When: 5:00 – 7:00 PM Central Time

Where: Hyatt Regency Chicago Hotel, East Tower, Skyway Level

151 East Wacker Drive,

Chicago, Illinois, United States, 60601

Suggested Schedules for the ARLIS/NA 2022 Annual Conference

Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

The ARLIS/NA 2022 Annual Conference this year marks the society’s Golden Anniversary in Chicago. In addition to honoring this milestone with a marquee panel on the early years of the organization on Wednesday afternoon, the conference will feature many invaluable discussions, panels, meetings, and speaker sessions for every information science professional. 

We have created suggested conference schedules for three types of information professionals in the field as a way to guide those attending! Note that all of the suggested events are subject-specific and do not include general events, although those are greatly suggested for anyone interested regardless of the profession such as First-time attendee meetings, DEIA events, and happy hours! 

Additionally, you can find the schedules of our co-moderators, Chaun Campos and Jessica Craig at the end of this post for more inspiration on how to plan your day at the conference. As new professionals, Chaun and Jessica are both planning to attend the ArLiSNAP Professional Websites Workshop and ArLiSNAP Happy Hour, along with other sessions that align with their new professional interests.

Note that tours and workshops that require an additional fee are specified, and advance registration is required before March 29, 2022, for these tours and workshops. The registration link for all tours/workshops can be found here.

Suggested schedule for an Academic Librarian:

Apr 5, 2022

8:00 am: Workshop: Subject Guides in the Digital Age: A Workshop on Curating the Most Relevant, Inclusive, and Current Resources ($15)

10:00 am: Workshop: Putting the Framework for Visual Literacy in Higher Education into Practice: An Interactive Workshop ($15)

11:00 am: Tour: School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Fashion Resource Center + Textile Resource Center School of the Art Institute of Chicago ($10)

1:00 pm: Workshop: Creating Radical Hope: Artistic and Speculative Library Responses to Climate Change ($15)

April 6, 2022

8:30 am: Creative Collections: Artist Archives in Academic Libraries

12:45 pm: “Who Were We? Where Did We Go? Voices from the Early Years of the Society” 

3:45 pm: Innovative Instructions: Strategies and Opportunities for Unique Instructional Needs 

April 7, 2022

8:30 am: Beyond the Classroom: Developing Image Databases for Research 

10:15 am: Visioning the (im)possible: experiences of librarian-caregivers during the pandemic and strategies for the future of library work

12:00 pm: OCLC Research Library Partnership Roundtable

2:15 pm: Centering Digital Accessibility: Projects at Academic and Art & Design School Libraries 

Apr 8, 2022

8:30 am: Envisioning Libraries Through Feminist and Creative Practices 

10:30 am: Confronting the Myth of Neutrality: Addressing Bias and Inclusion in Cataloging and Classification in Art Libraries

3:00 pm: Points of Connection: Using Wikidata for Art Information 

Suggested schedule for a Gallery Archivist

Apr 5, 2022

10:30 am: Tour: Oriental Institute Museum Hyde Park ($10)

11:00 am: Workshop: Single Picture Books Latitude Chicago ($45)

April 6, 2022

8:30 am: Creative Collections: Artist Archives in Academic Libraries

12:45 pm: “Who Were We? Where Did We Go? Voices from the Early Years of the Society” 

2:30 pm: Know Their Names: Case Studies in DEIA Collection Assessment, Expansion, and Access

3:45 pm: The Impact of COVID-19 on Professional Development: A Conversation on the Past, Present, and Future for Academic Arts Librarians 

April 7, 2022

8:30 am: Art-chiving the Web: Collaborative Collection Development and Preservation for Art History Web Resources

10:15 am: Evaluating, Optimizing, and Remediating Physical Accessibility in Library Spaces 

12:00 pm: OCLC Research Library Partnership Roundtable

2:15 pm: Imagination, Collaboration, and the Social Production of Knowledge 

Apr 8, 2022

8:30 am: Words Make Art: Engaging Diverse Communities Through Artists’ Books 

10:30 am: Awakening Arts Library Collections to DEIA: Responsive Acquisition Strategies for Addressing Bias 

3:00 pm: Points of Connection: Using Wikidata for Art Information 

Suggested Schedule for a Digital Preservation Specialist 

Apr 5, 2022

8:00 am: Workshop: Subject Guides in the Digital Age: A Workshop on Curating the Most Relevant, Inclusive, and Current Resources  ($15)

11:00 am: Workshop: Single Picture Books Latitude Chicago ($45)

April 6, 2022

8:30 am: Preserving Photographic Glass Plates: Conservation and Access in the Digital Age 

12:45 pm: “Who Were We? Where Did We Go? Voices from the Early Years of the Society” 

2:30 pm: Digital Humanities & Open Educational Resources in the Arts Roundtable 

3:45 pm: Letting users guide the way: a framework for user-centered design 

April 7, 2022

8:30 am: Beyond the Classroom: Developing Image Databases for Research 

10:15 am: Programmatic Information Literacy Instruction in Art and Design Libraries 

12:00 pm: OCLC Research Library Partnership RoundtableDennis Massie 

2:15 pm: Centering Digital Accessibility: Projects at Academic and Art & Design School Libraries

Apr 8, 2022

8:30 am: Visual Literacy In and Beyond the Classroom 

10:30 am: Beyond the Textual: Visual Information Systems that Help and Hinder

3:00 pm: Digital Tools and New Trends: Using Technology and Innovative Solutions to (Re)Establish Value in Images and Image Collections 

If you attend the conference, please consider writing a blog post for us relaying your experience and what you learned! Send an email to expressing your interest.

ArLiSNAP Annual Business Meeting – March 25, 2022

Please join us for our virtual Annual Business Meeting on March 25th, 2022, at 2:00 PM Pacific Time / 5:00 PM Eastern Time. The annual meeting is an opportunity to get an in-depth look at the activities of ArLiSNAP throughout the past year and contribute your feedback as we enter the next cycle.

The meeting information is available on Sched so you can add it to your pre-conference plans, but please note, you do not need to be registered for the ARLIS/NA annual conference to attend this meeting.

Please RSVP using this form: by Friday, March 25th at 10:00 AM Eastern Time. We will send Zoom information and the agenda shortly after that deadline and prior to the meeting’s start time.

We look forward to seeing you there!


Chaun + Jessica

ArLiSNAP Co-Moderators

Opportunity: Call for Guest Writers for the ArLiSNAP Blog

The Blog Editors of Art Library Students & New ARLIS Professionals (ArLiSNAP) would like to invite guest writers to contribute to our blog: 

This writing opportunity is open to all! We welcome posts from art information paraprofessionals, professionals, students, and prospective art librarians! This could include anyone working with visual and performing arts, new media, and other arts-related collections. We also welcome posts from people who started their careers in librarianship and/or art information but have moved on to other arts-adjacent fields.

Choose from one of our suggested themes below, or propose a topic of your own! You do not need to have any previous writing experience. We will work with you to edit your work.

Please send an email to expressing your interest and proposed topic.

Suggested themes:

  • Review a conference or seminar (including virtual webinars and other online experiences)
  • Highlight your experiences transitioning from a student to a new professional
  • Share an interesting read about librarianship or another information services-adjacent topic
  • What are you working on? Share the process of a professional project or your personal art, music, writing, etc.
  • Discuss an internship, fellowship, or first-year librarian experience


Melanie Zerah and Alison Baitz