We all have a story about how we found art librarianship, or how it found us. My story could not be written without ARLIS/NA. I first encountered ARLIS/NA in 2001, as I watched my boss, Lorraine Perrotta, Head of Technical Services at The Huntington Library, be involved in the planning of the 29th annual conference in Los Angeles. Here was an organization of dedicated professionals working in the field I was interested in and the organizations I admired.
Through ARLIS/NA, I found people who were not afraid to take risks, be different, and experiment with new ideas. Your work inspires and challenges me as I learn how to be a better librarian. Because of your example, I look for opportunities to serve our art & design patrons in new ways. I have learned much through conferences, the listerv, local chapter, and local catalogers discussion group. The best lesson thus far is that I'm not doing this alone. ARLIS/NA is an invaluable support system, spreading collective knowledge and practice.
I am very excited to be welcoming my ARLIS/NA colleagues once again to Southern California for the upcoming 41st Annual conference here in Pasadena. The conference organizers have been working hard to develop an inspiring and educational conference. For newer ARLIS/NA members, I recommend volunteering during the conference--you'll meet some really great people this way. For veteran ARLIS/NA members, I thank you for your generosity and for your dedication to our profession. I have met some of the most generous and knowledgeable art & design information professionals through ARLIS/NA. I appreciate your openness and welcoming attitude towards those newer to the profession.
Photo caption: Gina at a Little Free Library in South Pasadena, CA