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!


Join the ArLiSNAP Team – New Liaison Positions Available!


ArLiSNAP is looking for members who are interested in helping our little community grow stronger than ever. Getting involved in ArLiSNAP is a great way to show your dedication to the field of art librarianship! Liaisons all play essential roles in our group, and have the opportunity to network and support their fellow members. Below are some of the ways in which you can help out.


Job Postings/Professional Development Opportunities

Are you already on the lookout for jobs or educational opportunities related to art librarianship? This position is a great way to keep tabs on the latest opportunities, and help out your fellow arlisnappers at the same time. These liaisons monitor various sources, including listservs, RSS feeds, and websites, to keep the ArLiSNAP blog updated with the latest relevant opportunities. This important position helps us fulfil one of ArLiSNAP’s core services for its members. Volunteers must be willing to check the sources they sign up for at least once per week.


Communications Liaison

This volunteer will be responsible for running a weekly ArLiSNAP newsletter via mailchimp. The newsletter will consist of a brief digest of the blog posts from that week, highlighting the current discussion topic. The volunteer must be willing to make a weekly commitment to this position.


Student Liaison

This liaison would reach out to student organizations associated with art history/MLIS dual-degree programs, schools with established art/humanities-interested MLIS student groups, and other large MLIS programs. They will establish contacts with these groups, share ArLiSNAP news on their listservs, and share student group news on the ArLiSNAP blog. This is a more flexible position, but volunteers will be expected to report back on their progress once per month.


Conference Planning Liaison

For the annual ARLIS/NA Conference in March 2015, ArLiSNAP plans to submit a proposal to host an unconference session. This session will be dedicated to exploring topics of interest to students and new professionals, allowing for discussion of hot button topics to be shared between arlisnappers and the larger ARLIS/NA community. This volunteer would assist Allana Mayer, the main contact for this project, in organizing the session.

Contact Ellen (ellen.j.tisdale(at)gmail(dot)com) or Rachel (rkschend(at)gmail(dot)com) for more information!


A warm welcome for two new liaisons: Courtney Baron and Lauren Gottlieb-Miller!

Meet our new Job Postings Liaison and Discussion Liaison!


Courtney Baron, Discussion Liaison

Courtney is working on her MLIS from Valdosta State University and is excited to enter the wonderful field of librarianship. She has undergraduate degrees in Classical Archaeology and Latin and primarily focused on ancient Greek and Roman art. While in school, she worked in the editorial office of the American Journal of Archaeology for several years and excavated in Italy with the Gabii Project.

After a brief stint on the PhD track in Classical Archaeology, she decided to pursue another career and found librarianship to be a perfect match. She is interested in academic librarianship as well as archives. In addition to the MLIS, she hopes to obtain a MA in Art History and would love to eventually work as an art librarian or museum collections manager. She serves as a docent at the Georgia Museum of Art and loves educating visitors about art and museums.

She currently works with graduate students at an art school but has various library volunteer gigs, including serving as the Head Editor for Georgia at INALJ, blogging at Hack Library School, assisting the art bibliographer with assessing the Asian art collection, and working virtual reference shifts.

In her spare time, she enjoys visiting museums and curling up with a good book and her husband, greyhound, and three cats. She blogs at Future Art Librarian and can be found on Twitter @futartlibrarian.

Lauren Gottlieb-Miller

Lauren Gottlieb-Miller, Job Postings Liaison

I’m in the second year of my MLS at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s School of Library and Information Science. I earned a B.A. in English Literature with a minor in Studio Art from St. Mary’s College of Maryland in 2008. Before coming to Madison I worked for the George Washington University libraries and the Hirsch Library at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. While in Houston I volunteered for two years at the Menil Collection library, also in Houston. Since coming to UW-Madison I’ve gotten to work in the preservation department at Memorial Library, the Kohler Art Library and I am currently the librarian for the School of Journalism and Mass Communications. I am passionate about Art Librarianship and love ARLIS! I look forward to connecting my colleagues to great jobs available in our field.

Call for ArLiSNAP Liaisons!

Would you like to get involved in ArLiSNAP? We are currently seeking ArLiSNAP Liaisons for the following positions:

Job Postings Liaison

Help the ArLiSNAP community by posting relevant job announcements. A quick and easy way to contribute to the blog and support your fellow members.

Discussion Liaison

Spark a conversation by contributing posts on topics relevant to the field of art librarianship. Potential topics can include art & design, copyright, education, current LIS issues, and more.

Student Group Liaison

Reach out to library student groups, and report on new developments, interesting projects, and recent achievements.

Chapter Liaison

Reach out to ARLIS/NA local chapters, and report on chapter news, events, and opportunities of interest to ArLiSNAP members.

Becoming a liaison is a great way to network and show your involvement in the art libraries community. If you would like to join our team, post a comment below, or email either of the coordinators, Ellen (ellen.j.tisdale at gmail dot com) or Stephanie (sgrimm at uscb dot edu).