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It was while working as a library assistant at the National Gallery of Canada in the early 1990s when I first heard of ARLIS. My supervisor at the time, Peter Trepanier, recommended I join ARLIS to have a better understanding of the art library community at large. I became a member of the local chapter of the association (now ARLIS/NA MOQ) after I enrolled in library school at McGill University in the mid-1990s. It was also while I was a student that I attended my first ARLIS annual conference, as a volunteer, when it was held in Montreal in 1995 – thanks in large part to Marilyn Berger, who was Co-chair of the conference and my immediate supervisor at McGill University’s Blackader-Lauterman Library of Architecture and Art.
Head, Art + Architecture Libary, Virginia Tech
I was a rogue art historian when I first learned of ARLIS/NA. The organization became a welcome presence shortly after I finished my doctoral work in art history at Northwestern University and proceeded to enroll in the graduate library science program at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. The year was 2006. Pat Thompson, head of the Sloane Art Library at UNC (and a great mentor, to boot), introduced me to ARLIS/NA, its wide-ranging activities, and many of its regional ARLIS/SE members.