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Learning & Research Librarian, Fine Arts, University of Victoria Libraries
I was appointed to be the librarian for fine arts at the University of Victoria (UVic) Libraries in 2011 as my predecessor in the position, Lynne Woodruff, was about to retire. In early 2012 while training in my new position, Lynne strongly encouraged me to join ARLIS/NA, so I did. I am so grateful to Lynne for her suggestion to join this professional association. It was one of the best decisions I ever made.
Director, Visual Resources Collection, College of Built Environments, University of Washington
Heather Seneff, director of the Visual Media Center at the School of Art and Art History, University of Denver, introduced me to the Visual Resources Association when I was an MLIS student. I discovered a group of knowledgeable and welcoming professionals who shared my interest in connecting scholars to the visual materials that enhance their research and teaching. After joining in 2009, I got involved with my regional chapter and became a professional member when I came to my current position at the University of Washington.
Access Services and Outreach Librarian, University of Oregon Portland Library & Learning Commons
How did you first become aware of ARLIS/NA?
During my final year of college I was offered a full-time position as a library assistant at the Portland Art Museum (Oregon). I had been studying art history in school and was excited to have landed a position which aligned closely with my intellectual interests. In our library stacks I discovered a copy of Art Museum Libraries and Librarianship (edited by longtime ARLIS/NA member, Joan Benedetti) which was my first introduction to ARLIS/NA.