Have Librarian, Will Travel

Seattle’s Pike Place market. Courtesy of the author.

Several weeks ago, over 800 library professionals from across the country met in rainy Seattle, Washington to discuss all things “art library.”  Representatives from museum libraries (like us here at the Phillips Library), to academic libraries (Yale University), to art and design school libraries (Savannah College of Art and Design), to interested students and vendors, participated in sessions, meetings, and workshops organized by the joint conference of the Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS) and the Visual Resources Association (VRA). Read more

New Frontiers on the Old Frontier: ARLIS/NA 2015

Fort Worth Conference Tote Bag and Program

Art Libraries Society of North American Conference, 2015. Photo by Catherine Robertson/PEM.

It was 6:10am on a cold, windy Thursday morning in Boston, Massachusetts when my plane took off for Fort Worth, Texas and my first ever ARLIS/NA (Art Libraries Society of North America) national conference.  This was also my first foray into the great state of Texas, land of Southern hospitality and all things cowboy.  I had been looking forward to this trip since its planning inception in September, 2014 and could hardly believe that the day had finally arrived. Read more

The Duty of Owning Books


Library is a LuxuryThree books written by Alberto Manguel are included in my personal library, The Library at Night, A History of Reading, and A Reader on Reading.  I refer to these texts on a regular basis, pulling them out to read at night during which I realize that being a librarian is who I am, not only what I do professionally.  Books are a passion for me, a place of refuge, learning, laughter, and awe.  They seduce me by their titles, the feel of them in my hands, and the promise of hours of pleasure or challenge.

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