Conference Experiences: Kendra Werst

I attended the New Member’s reception where I was able to connect with several Art Librarian and Visual Resource professionals, some of which I had only known by name. At the Welcome Reception which took place at the Seattle Art Museum, I had the opportunity to meet new and long-standing members, ask questions, and discuss topics relevant to the field and my interests. I also had the chance to reconnect with past supervisors and advisors. At first, the thought of attending this conference as a student was overwhelming but after the first day that thought never came back into my head. I felt very welcomed and accepted by the other professionals and students who were in attendance.

The ArLiSNAP + VREPS Career Development Workshop was very enlightening and provided the opportunity for me meet with other students or recent graduates. I really appreciated listening to Marie Elia, Molly Schoen, and Marsha Taichman discuss their experiences of applying for jobs and living the post-graduate life. The presentations, demonstrations, and open discussions were very encouraging and provided some basic steps to take when a building a career.

The “New Voices in the Profession” was such an amazing session. Listening to the well-developed topics presented by emerging professionals was inspirational. From that session, I thoroughly enjoyed Judith Schwartz’ presentation Visual Literacy Meets Information Literacy: Academic Libraries Address the New Challenges of the 21st Century.

Another session that I am so glad I attended was the Diversity Forum. As a person of mixed race, this topic is very important to me, especially with the lack of diversity within my Masters program. The presenters had the attendees participate in an activity that opened up a personal conversation between about the perceptions of yourself and others. Listening to people from all different backgrounds and walks of life discuss how they have faced diversity and inclusion issues within the profession and the workplace was beyond words. After that session, I walked away with tips on how to move forward with these issues. Some of my fellow peers and I have had discussions on how to incorporate what we learned into the context of library school.


Closing Reception

SALS hosted a successful closing reception last week for a display of Amos Paul Kennedy Jr. Prints. Exhibit curator, Vaughan Hennen, spoke briefly about the life and work of Amos.

Check out some of the photos below!

Amos was recently honored as a USA Glasgow Fellow.


Check out more of Amos’ current work here:

Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon

Please join the Fine Arts Library at IUB and the Art+Feminism campaign to improve coverage of women and the arts on Wikipedia, and to encourage female editorship. We invite people of all gender identities and expressions!

Last year, over 1500 participants at more than 75 events around the world participated in the second annual Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon, resulting in the creation of nearly 400 new pages and significant improvements to 500 articles on Wikipedia. Help us contribute to this growing movement!

Librarians will be available to provide training and reference sources to assist contributors in adding and improving the Wikipedia entries for women artists – and particularly Indiana artists.

Free parking is available at the various garages on campus, the Jordan garage is the closest to the Wells Library. This event is free and open to the public and food, snacks, bottled water, and coffee will be provided.

RSVP here: Event