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Report from the 2021 Caroline Backlund Travel Award Winner

Receiving the Caroline Backlund Award has been crucial to supporting my deeper involvement with ARLIS/NA, both in terms of my local chapter and the national organization. Most practically, it provided the funds I needed to register, worry free, for the previous conference. But that financial support went much further than paying the bills. With the support of this award, I was able to focus my energy on a presentation I gave with fellow Mid-Atlantic member Claralyn Burt: “Fostering Collaborative Institutional Cultures Through DEI Initiatives.” I also volunteered to co-facilitate the “Diversity & Inclusion Committee’s Diversity Forum: Accessibility in Art Libraries” alongside Carla-Mae Crookendale, another Mid-Atlantic member. I am extremely grateful for these opportunities to participate at the national level, listening and learning from colleagues in a more active and present way.

With the funds from the Backlund Award, I also had the ability to participate in extra workshops. I exercised my creative lesson planning skills with “Workshop III: Teaching in the Art Library: From Pedagogy to Praxis” and “Workshop IV: Building Character: Popular Tabletop RPGs and the Importance of Idea Development for Creative Students.” Both sessions introduced me to colleagues creating a community of practice around critical, creative, and responsive teaching techniques I look forward to practicing. I pushed beyond my technological comfort zone with “Workshop II: Wikidata for Art Librarians” and the related session “Linked Data for Art Libraries: New Approaches to Metadata.” Both the workshop and session shared a variety of linked data projects, going beyond theoretical discussions and instead showing real-world applications and challenges.

The Backlund Award is our professional community telling students and early-career professionals that they are on the right track; they are producing great work and contributing to the vibrance of our shared professional practice. Please consider donating today to the Caroline Backlund Award fund. Your contributions make participating in our professional community possible for our newest members and gives them the vote of confidence they need to confidently step forward and join in.

-K. Sarah Ostrach, 2020-21 Samuel H. Kress Fellowship in Art Librarianship at the Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library at Yale University

Smithsonian AA/PG Library Art, History, & Biography Book Sale, Dec 4-6

Just in time for buying holiday gifts! Please visit the annual Smithsonian AA/PG Library book sale! We open up our staff work room to you to browse thousands of beautiful art books on all periods and places, great biographies and history books. Brand new & lightly used at half the lowest price found!* Bring a bag (or a cart…we have some great deals!)

Wednesday-Friday, December 4-6
American Art & Portrait Gallery Library
Victor Building (one block from the Gallery Place metro/not the main museum)
750 9th Street NW, Suite #2100

Proceeds from this sale are crucial to the Library’s book acquisition fund and allow us to better support scholarly research across the Institution and beyond.

 *Half the cost of similar condition found at time of pricing.