In 1989 I became head of the Creswell Library of Islamic Art and Architecture at the American University in Cairo. One of the first things I did was to become a member of ARLIS/NA. My research showed ARLIS/NA to be THE association for arts information, and my membership put me in contact, albeit very long distance, with issues and concerns in arts librarianship.
Today I am head of the University of Nevada Architecture Studies Library, and my need for and appreciation of ARLIS/NA remains undiminished. And I have found an unexpected bonus: when I attend meetings not related to the arts I always know someone (an ARLIS/NA member) that works with the meeting attendees. I love that "small world" feeling! Thanks ARLIS/NA!