ArLiSNAP (Art Library Students and New ARLIS Professionals) and VREPS (Visual Resources Association Emerging Professionals and Students) are joining forces to host a virtual conference this winter! The conference is titled "Visualizing the Future: New Perspectives in Art Librarianship", and will take place on the afternoon of Saturday, January 17th, 2015. This is an excellent opportunity for those who cannot be physically present at annual conferences.
The Melva J. Dwyer Award was established in recognition of the contribution made to the field of art librarianship by Melva Dwyer, former head of the Fine Arts Library, University of British Columbia. It is given to the creators of exceptional reference or research tools relating to Canadian art and architecture.
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.