The ARLIS/NA Nominating Committee has announced the 2020 slate of candidates to succeed four executive board members completing their terms of office. If approved by member acclamation as outlined in ARLIS/NA Policy Manual G-16, Section f.4, they will join the executive board at the membership meeting at the 48th Annual Conference in Saint Louis, Missouri.
Vice President/President-Elect: Mark Pompelia
Mark Pompelia has been a visual resources and media collections librarian for twenty-five years. Since 2010 he is Visual + Material Resource Librarian for the Fleet Library at Rhode Island School of Design where he oversees the non-text collections that include digital image subscriptions; an art and design materials samples collection that is part of a shared database project and consortium and newly released search portal; and the school's institutional repository that launched in 2015. He previously held similar positions at The Ohio State University and Rice University. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in History of Art from The Ohio State University and a Master's Degree in Library and Information Science from Kent State University. He is active in elected and appointed positions for Art Libraries Society of North America (Treasurer from 2014-2016 and Website Content Editor since 2016) and Visual Resources Association (over sixteen years of combined service as VRA Bulletin Editor and two terms on the VRA Executive Board) and has recently participated at ARLIS/NA, ARLIS/Australia-New Zealand, ARLIS/UK-Ireland, The Digital Initiatives Symposium, Electronic Resources & Libraries, OCLC Library Futures, the Texas Digital Library, and Visual Resources Association, among others. His co-authored chapter on materials libraries for the 2nd edition of the Handbook of Art and Design Librarianship was published in October 2017.
Treasurer: Douglas Litts
Doug Litts is the Executive Director of the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries and Archives at the Art Institute of Chicago. He has been a member of ARLIS/NA for over twenty years and, prior to his current term as Treasurer (2018-2020), served as the co-editor of ARLIS/NA Reviews (2009-2017) having edited over 50 editions. He was Moderator of the Museum Division (2011-2012) and served on the Program Committee for the 2014 Annual Conference held in Washington, DC. Doug was the host and an organizer of the 2016 IFLA Art Libraries Section Satellite Meeting held at the Art Institute and co-sponsored by ARLIS/NA. A longstanding member of the Mid-Atlantic chapter, he is now current a member of ARLIS/NA Midstates.
Canadian Liaison: Amy Furness
Amy Marshall Furness is the Rosamond Ivey Special Collections Archivist and Head, Library & Archives at the E.P. Taylor Library & Archives, Art Gallery of Ontario. She has worked at the AGO for nearly 20 years, building the AGO’s collections of artists’ archives and related manuscript material, and assuming the leadership of the library in 2016. Amy is the current Treasurer and former Chair of the Ontario Chapter of ARLIS/NA, and has served ARLIS/NA as a member of the Documentation Committee and the Advocacy and Public Policy Committee, and as chair of the Research Awards Subcommittee. She has spoken at numerous conferences on topics related to artists' archives and related documentation, and is a regular peer reviewer for Art Documentation and Archivaria. Amy holds graduate degrees in art history (Oxford University, MSt) and archival studies (University of Toronto, MISt and PhD).
Education Liaison: Heather Slania
Heather Slania is the Library Director at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. She received her Bachelor’s degree in 2000 from Northwestern University where she double majored in Performance Studies and Art Theory & Practice studying with artists such as Ed Paschke and Mary Zimmerman. She received her Master’s in Library Science from the University of Maryland in 2007 concentrating in Archives, Records, and Information Management. Her previous positions include Library Director at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Art Research and Instruction Librarian at Georgetown University, and the Special Collections Cataloger at the University of Maryland. As a manager and leader, she focuses on holistic integration of access, description, research, and outreach as well as streamlining workflows, developing libraries from a user-centered experience, and creating a culture that actively works towards diversity and equity. She has written about archiving Internet Art and artists’ websites and is a proponent for Wikipedia Edit-a-thons in art libraries.
Deborah Kempe, Chair
2019 Nominating Committee