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Director, Visual Resources Collection, College of Built Environments, University of Washington
Heather Seneff, director of the Visual Media Center at the School of Art and Art History, University of Denver, introduced me to the Visual Resources Association when I was an MLIS student. I discovered a group of knowledgeable and welcoming professionals who shared my interest in connecting scholars to the visual materials that enhance their research and teaching. After joining in 2009, I got involved with my regional chapter and became a professional member when I came to my current position at the University of Washington.
Access Services and Outreach Librarian, University of Oregon Portland Library & Learning Commons
How did you first become aware of ARLIS/NA?
During my final year of college I was offered a full-time position as a library assistant at the Portland Art Museum (Oregon). I had been studying art history in school and was excited to have landed a position which aligned closely with my intellectual interests. In our library stacks I discovered a copy of Art Museum Libraries and Librarianship (edited by longtime ARLIS/NA member, Joan Benedetti) which was my first introduction to ARLIS/NA.
Technical Services and Archives Librarian, Pacific Northwest College of Art
Upon completion of my MLS in 2011, I was hired as technical services and archives librarian at Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) in Portland, Oregon. Because this position mainly deals with digital asset management, my supervisor decided between the two arts-centric professional organizations—the Visual Resources Association was the most appropriate.