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Tuesday, February 27 • 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Solo Problem Solvers: Finding a Voice and Building Resources as a Solo Professional

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The world of solo art librarianship is, perhaps, the most diverse subset of the field, and one that is uniquely challenging. Whether in danger of their needs being lost in a sea of competitive departments, balancing a position that continually absorbs a panoply of responsibilities demanding niche expertise, or merely being confronted with austere budgets, solo librarians frequently find themselves needing to re-articulate their role and advocate for needed resources for themselves and the users they serve. For the solo professional, resourcefulness and resilience are key.

Building on the well-received Solo Art Librarians Special Interest Group panel at ARLIS/NA 2017, this session will share successful scaled-down strategies, with topics encompassing the diversity of solo librarianship: from approaches to advocacy and resource-sharing, to work/life balance and mentorship. The session will include presenters representing an array of institutional settings and attendant challenges, spanning academic, museum, and commercial gallery contexts, and serving users ranging from local to global. While geared to the special needs of solo professionals, these lightning talks will provide guidance to any art librarian who wears many hats, providing guidance for achieving success despite personnel and budgetary challenges.

Presentations: Advocacy: (re)Defining the Role
Traci Timmons, "No Need to Plead: Advocacy and the Solo Librarian"
Arielle Cohen, "The Pseudo-Solo Librarian: An Art Gallery Librarian in a Global Gallery System"
Cindy Frank, "Life Comes First: A Solo Librarian’s Balance of Life and Work"

Presentations: Building Resources
Elsa Loftis, "Seeking Out and Cultivating Partnerships"
John Stucky, "Don't Do it Alone: Working with Volunteers and Graduate Students"
Micki Harrington, "Work with What You've Got: Creative Staffing Solutions"

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Amye McCarther

Archivist, New Museum
Amye McCarther is an archivist and media conservator at the New Museum in New York where she oversees the museum’s archival and preservation programs including the Digital Archive Oral History Initiative and Archives Fellowship program. Her previous experience includes audiovisual... Read More →

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Arielle Cohen

Librarian, Gagosian Gallery
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Micki Harrington

Head, Moriarty Library, Lesley Art + Design
Head Librarian @ Lesley Art + Design, Teacher of Critical InfoLit, Moderator of ADSL Division. Always happy to nerd out with fellow art librarians
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Elsa Loftis

Humanities and Acquisitions Librarian, Portland State University

John Stucky

Library Director, Asian Art Museum
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Traci Timmons

Senior Librarian, Seattle Art Museum
Seattle Art Museum

Tuesday February 27, 2018 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Hilton: Murray Hill West 1335 6th Ave, New York, NY 10019

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