I am relatively new to the profession of art librarianship, my background being in art history with concentrations on modern art, iconography, and social anthropology. From the very beginning, ARLIS/NA and its Midstates Chapter have been important in the development of my professional role as an art librarian.
I joined ARLIS/NA along with my chapter in 2001 while attending B.J. Irvine's Seminar in Art Librarianship at IU Bloomington, and I immediately became an active member. From day one, my chapter membership provided me with a much needed local support system. The network of other art librarians was a fantastic resource. With their help, I was able to successfully develop the Watanabe Family Library while still a library science student. In the process, I forged friendships with several members.
After graduating in 2003 and then joining the staff at the Eiteljorg as the museum's first librarian, ARLIS/NA and my chapter--being the engaging and motivating organizations that they are--continued to play an important role in my professional and personal life. Presently, I am serving a third term as the Midstates' Secretary/Treasurer, and I am involved in the organization of this year’s conference. ARLIS-L, our listserv, helps me keep up-to-date on important issues within the profession, and its collective wisdom has been a source of advice and a resource for hard-to-track-down materials. Our conferences have been very enriching experiences, and the participants have made me feel part of an international community.
I am really looking forward to being a part of this year's Indianapolis conference and to show off all that our city has to offer, including the Eiteljorg Museum--the location of this year's Welcome Party.
Hope to see you all there!