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.

Meet your new ArLiSNAP Co-Moderator, Tiffany Saulter!


Hi, I’m Tiffany and I am very excited and happy to accept the ArLiSNAP co-moderator position for the 2015-2017 term. I really enjoyed meeting a number of ArLiSNAP members at the Fort Worth ARLIS conference and look forward to meeting more of you.

I am originally from South Florida and am currently a Pauline A. Young Resident and Affiliate Assistant Librarian at the University of Delaware in the Manuscripts and Archives department, working on creating fuller descriptions for the large number of legacy materials/items that make up our collections as well as digitizing many of these same materials. I am also involved in the Delaware Valley digital humanities community through PhillyDH. I have a B.A. in Digital Art from Stetson University and a M.A. in Art History from the University of Miami, with a focus on video and film art. I received my MLIS degree from Indiana University.

I have a fervent love for pop culture and media/television in general and can often be found making random pop culture references that no one gets.I look forward to serving as co-moderator in the coming two years and meeting and working with more of you. Please feel free to contact me at with any comments, questions or ideas.

Please welcome Hilary Price to the ArLiSNAP team as our newest Job Postings Liaison / Feature Writer!

Hilary will be keeping us up-to-date on employment opportunities in the art librarianship field. Welcome! archivephoto Hi.  I’ve used ArLiSNAP since I began my MLS in 2013 and I’m so excited to be on the team.  Before I decided to pursue my MLS at Queens College, I studied art history at The New School, and fine art at Tyler School of Art.  While I still love making and looking at art, I’m excited about connecting people with resources as a librarian and archivist. In the spring semester I will graduate with my MLS, but in the meantime, I’ll be working part-time at three different libraries in New York.  I’ll continue my work as graduate fellow at Barnard Archives and Special Collections, begin a project assistant position at the Brooklyn Museum Library, and get a taste of the corporate archive world at the Citi Center for Culture (archive of Citibank).  My interests and studies are primarily directed toward archives, new technologies, and art librarianship. Thanks to Ellen and Rachel for all their work, and for giving me the opportunity to assist.  I look forward to posting.

ArLiSNAP is excited to welcome Rebecca Rubenstein as our new Social Media Liaison!

Rebecca will extend our discussions on Facebook and Twitter. Welcome to the group, Rebecca!


I am a painter and a librarian currently working with ebooks and multimedia research collections at an educational software company. I received an MFA from Pratt Institute and recently completed my MSLIS at the Palmer School of Library and Information Science, Long Island University. While at the Palmer School I interned with the Librarian for Fine Art at New York University’s Bobst Library. I also interned at a branch of the New York Public Library with a strong arts and exhibition program. This position led me to become a features writer for Library as Incubator Project where I continue to write about creative happenings in libraries.

A warm welcome to Hannah Marshall, our new Feature Writer/Discussion Liaison!

Hannah is joining us from VREPS to keep us up-to-date on special interests in art librarianship.


Hello, ArLiSNAPers – I am the Metadata Librarian for Image Collections at Cornell University. I started at Cornell as the art history image cataloger in April 2013 and, in January 2014, moved into my current role. In the past, I have worked in UC Irvine’s University Art Gallery, the San Diego Museum of Art Library, the Ricker Library of Architecture and Art, and the UIUC’s Visual Resource Center. I have additional experience working in an artist’s studio and in digital publishing. I have a B.A. in art history and completed my MLIS at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in Spring 2012. My professional experience and interests include a mixture of art librarianship, visual resource management, and image cataloging. I’m also very interested in research design and digitization projects. I look forward to writing for the blog and hopefully hearing from you all – thanks to Ellen and Rachel for the opportunity!

A warm welcome to Arielle Cohen, our newest Feature Writer/Discussion Liaison!

Arielle will be joining us as a feature writer, informing us about topics of special interest.


Having graduated from Pratt Institute’s School of Information and Library Science this past May, I now hold a Master’s degree in Library Science with a concentration in Special Libraries, as well as an advanced certificate in Archives. This past spring I also attended the 6th International Conference on Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries in Istanbul. While there, I presented a paper about the effect of digital resources on user experience, a topic in which I continued to be interested, especially as it relates to digital renderings of artworks.

Over the past few years I have had the opportunity to work in a variety of library settings, including the Pace Law School Library, the library at Marvel Comics, and the ABC No Rio Zine Library. Currently, I work as the librarian at Gagosian Gallery in New York City, where I catalog books, provide reference services, and assist in collection development. I am continually provided the opportunity to learn about the art world as I find resources and answer questions for staff members. However, I am essentially a solo librarian, so I look forward to being able to engage you, my fellow art librarians, both established and aspiring, in topics that are currently affecting art librarianship. Thank you to Ellen and Rachel for this opportunity, and I look forward to working with all of you!

A warm welcome to Dana Statton, the newest Feature Writer/Discussion Liaison!

Dana, the newest addition to our group, will work to encourage discussion amongst readers.


Hello out there! My name is Dana Statton and I am currently pursuing my MLIS at Louisiana State University. I’ve come to libraries in a fairly round about way (it seems like most of us do), and also have my Masters in Art History as well as my Masters of Fine Art in Photography. I’ve spent most of my time in museums, having worked at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery as a Graduate Intern in the Photography Department as well as having worked at the more local LSU Museum of Art as a Curatorial Assistant.

I currently work in the Special Collections library at LSU as a graduate student in the Manuscripts processing department and am loving it. My day to day activities consist of processing archival collections that deal mainly with Louisiana history or persons. My professional interests lie in Archives, Rare Books, and Art Librarianship. As a new Feature Post Writer, I look forward to talking with all you fellow ArLiSNAP-ers and more than welcome any comments or topics you would like to see addressed.

A warm welcome to Monica Kenzie, the newest Job Postings Liaison!

Monica will joining the ArLiSNAP team as a Job Posting Liaison, keeping us up-to-date on employment opportunities. 


Hello everyone! My name is Monica Kenzie and I’m excited to be serving as a new ArLiSNAP Job Postings Liaison! I graduated this spring from the University of Michigan School of Information with a Master of Science in Information. My arts background includes a BA from the University of Michigan in Art History and experience working in a variety of arts institutions in many different capacities. I served as director of a contemporary art gallery in New York City, communications assistant at the University of Michigan Museum of Art and have held several internships and volunteer positions as well at the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Folkways Institute and the Detroit Historical Society. For about a year and a half, I have been working part time at the Detroit Institute of Arts in the research library and archives cataloguing, working with archival collections and performing reference services. I am currently looking for a full time position, so I know the all the hard work that goes into job hunting! As I continue my search, I plan on sharing my journey, and of course job postings and continuing education opportunities as well, to help fellow new-comers find great jobs and keep learning. Hopefully I will have a success story soon to share, and I would love to hear yours as well! I am looking forward to meeting you all and wish everyone searching the best of luck! Please don’t hesitate to email me with any suggestions or tips to share! Cheers!
Monica Kenzie

A warm welcome for Marsha Taichman and Jenna Dufour, ArLiSNAP’s new Conference Planning Liaisons!

Marsha and Jenna will be helping us in our future conference planning endeavors. Welcome to the team!

Marscha Taichman

Marsha Taichman is the Visual Resources and Public Services Librarian for the College of Architecture, Art and Planning at Cornell University. She works with faculty, staff and students on general reference and with their print and digital image needs. Before moving to upstate New York, she worked in Montreal at academic and public libraries, art galleries and the Canadian Centre for Architecture. She has an MA in Art History from Concordia University and an MLIS from McGill University.


Jenna Dufour


Hi! I’m Jenna. I am in the messy midst of building a career as an art librarian. Currently, I am enrolled in the MLIS program for January 2015 at UBC and I’m incredibly excited to pursue a program that’ll help fulfill my career goals while being surrounded by beaches, ocean and mountains.
I earned a BA (Hons.) with distinction in Art History from Carleton University in 2013. While studying for my degree, I worked part-time in the Reference Services department at Carleton’s library and loved it, which facilitated a desire to learn more about librarianship. I enrolled in two practicums during my degree to compliment my passion for art history and interest in librarianship: one with the art history subject librarian at Carleton University’s library, and the other at the National Gallery of Canada Library & Archives. These placements affirmed my vocation, and I’m really grateful for the time each institution took to take me on as an intern.
After graduating, I spent three months in England and Europe reveling in the beauty and charm of historic old libraries in places like Oxford, Maastricht, Amsterdam, Reykjavik, and London. Making connections between the way that libraries run in Canada and across the pond was a great experience for me. After arriving back to Canada, I was fortunate to land a contract at the Paul D. Fleck Library & Archives for six-months at the Banff Centre, which has been really great in terms of learning more about art librarianship, and even working with Artists’ Books.  I am really looking forward to being part of the ArLiSNAP community and meeting other aspiring art librarians.

A warm welcome for Stella Südekum, ArLiSNAP’s new Communications Liaison!

Stella will be running a weekly newsletter for ArLiSNAP. Stay tuned for more news!

Stella Südekum

Hello, All! As a blossoming professional in the fields of art and librarianship, I am ecstatic to join the ArLiSNAP community as its communications liaison! I’m in a very transitional point in my life and career, so new projects and changes are as follows: This past May, I finished my BA in Art History with a concentration in Art Conservation from the University of Delaware. The first two years of my undergraduate studies were happily spent at Johnson County Community College in my hometown of Overland Park, Kansas. During my two years of study at UD, I was lucky to work in the Special Collections department of its Morris Library as a student library assistant. I relocated to Philadelphia following my graduation to continue volunteering as a research assistant with the Penn Museum’s Cultural Heritage Center and to seek further career development. I plan to begin assisting part-time in front-of-house duties and online marketing at Jules Goldman’s Books and Antiques starting in July, and am eagerly searching for more art and art library career opportunities within my new community (hence my avid fellowship of this very web-page).


My interest in art librarianship stems from my love of the cultural heritage of the Ancient Near East, the cradle of language, poetry, and civilization! Studying its written material culture is my passion in art history, and also speaks to my propensity in art conservation for ancient objects, archives, and collection preservation. I have interned at the Penn Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology, Winterthur Museum & Library, completed art restoration work with the Lorenzo de’ Medici Institute in parts of Italy, and volunteered with various community arts organizations–such as the Arts Council of Metropolitan Kansas City–and with smaller academic museums–like the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art.


I’m a passionate academic, so when I’m not trying to learn 10 new dead languages or I can’t find a scholarly position to volunteer for, I can be found frequenting many of the fabulous vegan eateries within the greater Philadelphia area, cooking up a storm, hiking/biking/exploring with my beautiful golden retriever, listening to loud evil music, or experiencing the general creative struggles of an artist. As an art historian must, I love to write and I have enjoined contributing to outreach initiatives within my past organizations. I hope that the up-and-coming newsletter will help foster a stronger ArLiSNAP community by improving and simplifying its communication outlets. I look forward to working with the Moderators, Liaisons, and all of you worldwide ArLiSNAPers on this and future projects!

Introducing: Ashley Peterson, ArLiSNAP’s New Student Liaison!



Ashley Peterson


Hello all! I am a librarian at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. I’ve been in this position since October 2013, and so far it’s been wonderful– exactly the sort of job I envisioned for myself when I first decided to attend library school. Since the position is new, it is a bit of a work-in-progress, though my primary areas of responsibility are in research assistance/instruction and visual resource management. My big summer projects include managing our library’s LibGuides adoption, developing library instruction learning objectives and course content for this fall’s first-year English classes, and getting our VR collection up to snuff in terms of digitization, metadata, and preservation best practices (all based on knowledge gained during my amazing experience at SEI this year!). So, you know. Typical lazy summer stuff. My main passion in librarianship is for learning and teaching about the various literacies (information, visual, media, digital, trans-…), in the service of art history and studio art education.

I have a BA in art history, and I absolutely love the immersion in the local arts community that working at an art school affords. When I’m not working with my fabulous colleagues and our crazy talented students, you’ll usually find me eating a sandwich, drinking something gin-or tequila-based, reading something by Edith Wharton or Hilary Mantel, re-learning how to knit socks, feeling too old at some house show, listening to comedy podcasts, or watching a dark auteur TV series with my husband and cat.


Meet your new ArLiSNAP Co-Moderator, Rachel Schend!

Rachel Schend

Hi everyone! I am very happy to accept the ArLiSNAP Co-Moderator position for the 2014-2016 term and am excited to get to work.

I am currently a second year graduate student pursuing a dual Art History/MLS degree from Indiana University, where I also received my B.A. in Art History. I have a variety of jobs on campus including a Graduate Assistantship at the IU Art Museum with the Curator of Education and a Graduate Supervisor position at the Fine Arts Library on campus. This summer, I will be starting a position at the E. Lingle Craig Preservation Lab.  I am president of IU’s Society of Art Librarianship Students and treasurer of the Art History Association. Some of my interests in art librarianship include the preservation of materials, visual literacy, and library instruction.

As I begin my term, I would love to see more engagement in career development for students such as resumé reviews and Reddit-style AMA’s by current art librarians. I would also love to hear about projects that members of the group want to see implemented. Thank you all for voting and I look forward to working with you for the next two years!

A warm welcome for our new Canadian Liaison, Allana Mayer!

Allana will be working to improve our coverage of Canadian opportunities, including job postings and art librarianship news from across Canada.

Allana Mayer


I’m currently completing my MLIS at McGill in Montreal, after an undergrad in cultural theory and digital art. I’ve worked hard to tailor my education towards art and media archiving and librarianship: my academic research and work experience so far has centred around digital preservation and metadata of artistic and cultural objects, photographic authenticity and access, open access and open content for the GLAM community, digital asset management and information architecture, and copyright and fair use. I hope to enter the workforce as a digital preservation, copyright, or metadata specialist. I am excited about moving back to Toronto and joining my local ARLIS/NA chapter there; I have also written for ARLIS/NA Reviews, and will (hopefully!) soon be published in ARLIS/NA Multimedia and Technology Reviews.

Outside of ARLIS/NA, I am also a member of the Museum Computer Network (which is another amazing group you should all belong to, if you care about digitization, open-access, exhibit design and technology …. ), the Association of Canadian Archivists (who are letting me speak this summer about “rogue archiving”), and the Special Libraries Association (who let me speak last year about hosting orphaned photography collections online).

I’m happy to represent Canadian professionals and students, as information on Canadian arts librarianship is extremely hard to find. It’s tough out there for a Canuck, and I’d like to make it easier.

Are you interested in volunteering with ArLiSNAP? Contact Co-Moderator Ellen Tisdale about the opportunities we have to get involved!

Introducing: Abigail Sadler, ArLiSNAP’s newest Discussion Liaison!

We are happy to welcome a second Discussion Liaison, Abigail Sadler, to our team.



Currently, I am working on my MLIS and Graduate Certificate in Archival Administration at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan.  I have a BA in Art History, so prior to entering the program I knew I was interested in art librarianship.  Presently, I am working as a Graduate Student Assistant providing reference services at the Adamany Undergraduate Library at the university. I also work as a Library Intern at The Detroit Institute of Arts Library and Archives.  I have loved every second of these experiences and have learned so much about the profession.  These opportunities have done a great deal to strengthen my passion for the field and I am looking forward to facilitating meaningful discussions about art librarianship as the new Discussion Liaison.  


Look for posts from Abigail in our new series of Sunday Feature Posts!

Introducing: Alison Larson, ArLiSNAP’s new Discussion Liaison!

We are delighted to welcome Alison to the ArLiSNAP team.

Alison Larson

I am a new member of ARLIS and ARLIS/ TX-MX and a MLIS student at UNT, Denton. I have a background in fine arts with BA and MA degrees in Art History. After a number of years in various positions in museums, libraries, and higher education, I have decided that my true calling is art librarianship! I currently work in the Crouch Fine Arts Library at Baylor University in Waco, Texas.

One of my favorite aspects of the job is discussion! Talking to the student workers, patrons, library staff and librarians about basically anything library-related or otherwise makes my job fun and interesting. I would like to make connections with others in the field by initiating conversations around current topics in art librarianship as I am learning about them myself both theoretically and practically.

Looking forward to the discussion posts, Alison!


Are you interested in taking on a more active role within ArLiSNAP? We are always happy to have more members getting involved! Email Stephanie or Ellen (see contact info on the menu to the right) to find out how you can contribute. Potential volunteer roles could include:

  • participating in educational opportunities such as webinars and sharing the experience on the blog;

  • liaising with the VRA emerging professionals and students organization, vreps;

  • sharing relevant technology news and developments;

  • or working on ways to support greater diversity among our ranks. For example, last year ArLiSNAP ran a Make Your Own Button machine at the ARLIS/NA Conference in Pasadena, the proceeds from which went to the Student Diversity Conference Attendance Award.

If you have other ideas of ways you would like to add to the group’s efforts, let us know!

Meet your new liaisons!

Thanks to everyone who contacted us about the arlisnap liaison roles. We’re excited to have more contributors joining our group and to keep bringing you relevant and thought-provoking content. We’re still looking for a Discussions Liaison, so if you’re interested in writing and starting conversations on the blog, let us know!

Liaisons are now listed on the sidebar of the blog, beneath the moderator contact information. A permanent link to their position descriptions is also included.

LeslieVegaLeslie Vega, Chapter Liaison
Leslie Vega is a Visual Arts + Music Librarian for the SUNY Binghamton University Libraries. As Chapter Liaison, she’ll keep the ArLiSNAP blog updated with chapter news and events, including mentoring or scholarship opportunities, chapter meetings, and local conferences. You can reach her at lvega[at]binghamton[dot]edu.

Eden Orelove, DC-MD-VA Liaison
Eden is a member of the DC-MD-VA Chapter of ARLIS/NA and is serving on the program committee for the 2014 annual conference in Washington, DC. Keep an eye on her posts for DC-MD-VA news and events, especially as the conference draws nearer! Contact her via email at edeno[at]gwmail[dot]gwu[dot]edu.

Erik Sommer, Educational Opportunities Liaison
As Educational Opportunities liaison, Erik will keep us updated with information on lectures, scholarship opportunities, webinars, workshops, internships or post-grad opportunities, and other educational activities of interest to arlisnappers. As a reminder, you can keep apprised of these events through the Educational Opportunities Calendar. Erik can be reached at erikjsommer[at]gmail[dot]com.

ZingarelliArlisPhotoAnna-Sophia Zingarelli, Student Group Liaison
Anna-Sophia earned an MA in History of Art and Architecture from the NYU Institute of Fine Arts, and will be starting her MLIS program in a few short weeks at the University of Pittsburgh, along with an internship at the Frick Fine Arts Library. Anna-Sophia will serve as primary contact for student groups (or students interested in art librarianship), with the goal of creating a stronger connections between these organizations and ArLiSNAP and ARLIS/NA. She’ll report on opportunities and events at different organizations (particularly those schools with dual-degree programs) and foster discussions on topics relevant to our readers (hot topics in the field, new technologies, etc.). You can follow her on twitter @aszingarelli or contact by email at a.s.zingarelli[at]gmail[dot]com.

JoanSinghPicJoan Jocson, Job Postings Liaison
Joan is currently an Acquisitions Librarian at Columbia University, and working on her second master’s in Anthropology. She’ll join Alissa Hafele to keep arlisnap readers up-to-date on all of the arts- and art-museum related job opportunities for students and new professionals. Follow her blog at or contact her at jm.jocson213[at]gmail[dot]com.

Member Spotlight: Bronwyn Dorhofer, University of Oregon Portland

As our readers know, we here at the ArLiSNAP blog like our job postings. Today, we’re going to switch that up a bit and shine a spotlight on one of our “success stories,” Bronwyn Dorhofer.The original job posting can be found archived here:

My current position is as Access Services and Outreach Librarian for the University of Oregon Portland Library and Learning Commons, a small satellite campus which serves the diverse research needs of students pursuing degrees in the spheres of architecture, digital arts and product design. My primary responsibilities are to manage the circulation and access services department, supervise and coach student workers, and to design outreach and marketing materials to promote library services to our Portland community.

I originally found the advertisement to my position through ArLiSNAP in February 2012, but was not officially recruited by the University of Oregon until March 2013. I was interested in this position because I was looking for professional librarian opportunities within the city of Portland which allowed me to continue working in an academic environment which had a commitment to serving art and design students. With my background in art history, museum and academic libraries and access services, this felt like a perfect opportunity for someone beginning their professional career. Thank you, ArLiSNAP!