The Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) is pleased to announce Ann Baird Whiteside as the 2015 recipient of the Distinguished Service Award, the twenty-fifth person who has been honored. Ann is the librarian/assistant dean for information resources at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. The award was presented by Jolene de Verges and Mark Pompelia at the ARLIS/NA + VRA Joint Conference convocation ceremony held in Seattle, Washington on Friday March 11, 2016.
The Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) affirms the nomination by President Obama of Dr. Carla Hayden as the 14th Librarian of Congress. Dr. Hayden is a former president of the American Library Association (ALA) and the current chief executive officer of the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, Maryland.
Kongo: Power and Majesty by Alisa LaGamma, an exhibition catalogue published by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, was awarded the 37th annual George Wittenborn Memorial Book Award at the Society’s annual conference held in Seattle, Washington, March 8-12, 2016. Established in 1980, the Wittenborn Award honors the memory of George Wittenborn, a premier New York art book dealer and publisher, and is given annually to North American publications demonstrating excellence in art publishing.
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.