The Public Policy Committee has started a new monthly news email, the Public Policy Committee News Alerts (PPC/NA). The initiative supports the committee's mission to monitor public policy issues and keep the ARLIS/NA membership informed. The monthly alerts are intended to be conversation starters, help members keep up on public policy issues, and alert members to new developments. The news for May/June 2015 (with some older stories included in the first issue) follows:
The Ingalls Library recently reached a significant milestone. This past January, Cataloging and Reference Assistant Stacie Murry cataloged the 500,000th item to enter the collection. A four volume catalogue raisonné entitled Moriyama Daidō zensakuhinshū, the complete works of Daido Moriyama, pushed the library's volume count over a half million. This considerable feat took over a century to accomplish.
During my last year of undergraduate school, I started seriously considering becoming a librarian. I loved doing research, but I also knew that pursuing academia wasn’t the right choice for me. At that point, I hadn’t yet realized that “art librarian” was a career option outside of academic libraries. I was fortunate enough to intern for a summer on an archeological dig in Greece, doing what was ultimately archives work (although since none of us had any archives or library training, we weren’t calling it that). I loved the work, and hoped that eventually I could do something similar as a career. After returning from Greece, I worked an office job and applied to library schools, thinking I’d probably end up working either as an archivist or in a university library.