Head of Library and Museum Archives, Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, Brazil
I have always been passionate about fine arts. I attended an art history course at Museu de Arte de São Paulo (MASP) just after earning my graduate degree in library science while I was working in a business school library. At that time I completed some drawing and engraving workshops as well. I finally had the opportunity to work in an art library at Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo in 2008, after years working in an academic library. At that time, I was looking for specialized information when I found the book Art Museum Libraries and Librarianship (edited by Joan M. Benedetti) published by ARLIS/NA. I was pretty excited when I got my book from the post office! It became my companion in this new and beautiful journey. I was very impressed by the quality of articles and the similarity in dealing with the various situations that I encountered in my museum library. The online publications about cataloging were very helpful too.
Shortly after opening its doors in 1961, the Amon Carter Museum of American Art quickly oriented itself as an institution with a strong commitment to education and research, and the library was established as an integral part of carrying out those goals. Just as Amon G. Carter's (1879-1955) collection of Frederic Remington and Charles Russell’s art forms the basis of the museum’s art collection, his collection of books on the history and art of the western frontier provided the germination for the library’s collection. Over the years, this core collection grew in response to the art collecting, publication, and exhibition activities at the museum and expanded to focus more broadly on American art.
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Assistant Librarian, Yale Center for British Art Reference Library and Archives
When I first discovered ARLIS/NA as a graduate student in the School of Information and Library Science at UNC-Chapel Hill, I felt somewhere between disbelief and elation: an entire society dedicated to art librarianship?!? How incredible! I first participated locally within my school’s division and then quickly joined ARLIS/NA before graduating my program in 2010. I found the list-serv to be of exponential help and importance as I navigated through a new career, and I even found the listing for my current position posted there!