My interest in ARLIS/NA began in the early 1990s (before I was an art librarian), when I would lurk on the listserv, gleaning knowledge of the current issues in art librarianship. With my education in studio art and graduate work in art history, I had always dreamed about landing a job in an art library. In fact, I saw the advertisement for my present position -- Art and Reference Librarian at the University of Manitoba, on the ARLIS listserv.
My professional service in ARLIS began in 1997, when I was the Prairie Region Representative for ARLIS Canada. I soon became very active in RISS, where I held positions of secretary, co-moderator and moderator, and designed the initial RISS website and was subsequently webmaster for several years. I organised and moderated several conference sessions for the 1999 ARLIS/NA Conference in Vancouver. I have been on numerous committees including the Gerd Muesham, the Nominating Committee, the Student Internship Award Committee, the Melva Dwyer Book Award Committee and the Professional Development Committee.
Unfortunately, due to both financial and time constraints, I have not attended as many ARLIS/NA conferences as I would have liked. However, now that my children are older and because I have received extra funding from my institution, I feel ready to undertake a more active role in ARLIS and to give back to an organisation that has given so much to me personally and professionally. I would be thrilled to be the Canadian Representative for ARLIS/NA.
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