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Art Librarian (Full), Architecture/Fine Arts Library, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada
I first became aware of ARLIS/NA way back in 1991/92 when I was a library science student at the University of Western Ontario, now known as Western University. A professor there told me about ARLIS/NA, as she knew I had a M.A. in art history and had worked in an art library. Whenever I could, I related my assignments to art librarianship and my bibles soon became Art Information: Research Methods and Resources by Lois Swan Jones and Facilities Standards for Art Libraries and Visual Resources Collections, by B.J. Irvine. Imagine my thrill when I finally met these incredible art librarians in person in my ARLIS/NA future, then still unbeknownst to me! In fact, the ARLIS/NA listserv deserves 100% credit for where I am today because it is where I saw my present position advertised!
It was while working as a library assistant at the National Gallery of Canada in the early 1990s when I first heard of ARLIS. My supervisor at the time, Peter Trepanier, recommended I join ARLIS to have a better understanding of the art library community at large. I became a member of the local chapter of the association (now ARLIS/NA MOQ) after I enrolled in library school at McGill University in the mid-1990s. It was also while I was a student that I attended my first ARLIS annual conference, as a volunteer, when it was held in Montreal in 1995 – thanks in large part to Marilyn Berger, who was Co-chair of the conference and my immediate supervisor at McGill University’s Blackader-Lauterman Library of Architecture and Art.