At the recent 41st annual Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) conference in Pasadena, CA, Carole Ann Fabian, Edward C. (Ted) Goodman and Kai Alexis Smith of the Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library at Columbia University were recognized individually for their contributions to ARLIS/NA and the profession.
Ms. Fabian, Director of Avery, formally joined the ARLIS/NA Executive Board as Vice President / President Elect. The Board installation at the April 28, 2013 ARLIS/NA membership meeting marked the beginning of her three-year term of office.
“ARLIS/NA provides a community context for exploring collaborative solutions to the most challenging issues in art and architecture librarianship,” said Ms. Fabian. “From cooperative collection development strategies, to developing and sharing digital content, to advocating for open access policies for IP-constrained works, ARLIS/NA is uniquely positioned to inform the debate and initiate change. I look forward to working with ARLIS/NA Board and membership on these and other actions that will shape future directions for the Society and that will continue to support the professional development needs of art library professionals.”
As Avery Director, Ms. Fabian oversees strategic directions and daily operations of the Avery Library including bibliographic and user services, and collection development for its extensive research collections and three special collections: Avery Drawings and Archives, Avery Classics, and the Office of Art Properties. She is also responsible for the publication and ongoing innovative development of the Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals – the leading indexing and abstracting publication for the discipline.
Mr. Goodman, General Editor of the Avery Index, was awarded the ARLIS/NA Distinguished Service Award, the Society's highest honor, in recognition of his service to the organization and to the profession. The award was announced on Sunday April 28, 2013 at the convocation ceremonies followed by a gala reception.
“I am deeply honored and humbled to receive the ARLIS/NA Distinguished Service Award," said Mr. Goodman. "It is in ARLIS/NA that I found mentors, colleagues, and friends who shaped my career and inspired me as a professional.”
Ted has been at Avery Library since 1984 and has been the General Editor of the Avery Index since 1986. The Avery Index offers a comprehensive listing of journal articles published worldwide on architecture and design, archaeology, city planning, interior design, landscape architecture, and historic preservation. Coverage is from the 1930s (with selective coverage dating back to the 1740s) to the present.
An ARLIS/NA member since 1983, Ted served in various leadership roles have ranged from committee memberships to two stints as ARLIS/NA Treasurer, and the roles of Vice President and President, including Co-Chair of two ARLIS/NA New York conferences in 1990 and 2004.
Avery intern Kai Alexis Smith received the Wolfgang M. Freitag Internship Award, honoring her achievements and named in memory of one of ARLIS/NA' founding members. The ARLIS/NA Internship award supports students preparing for a career in art librarianship or visual resources curatorship. Kai has chosen to use her award to help support her summer internship at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. Kai also received an Association of Research Libraries Career Enhancement Fellowship, which she will complete at the University of Michigan before beginning her ARLIS/NA internship.
Kai holds a BFA from the Pratt Institute in Writing for Publication and in May will receive her Masters in Information and Library Science, also from Pratt. Since May 2012, Kai has been an intern at the Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library. In Avery’s department of Drawings and Archives, she assisted processing of the Edgar Tafel archive; for her Columbia University Libraries’ Ask A Librarian internship in Avery’s Access Services department, she completed an e-book analysis project in the areas of Urban Planning, Fine Arts, and Architecture.
The Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library is one of the most comprehensive collections relating to architecture and the fine arts in the world. Avery collects a full range of primary and secondary sources for the advanced study of architecture, historic preservation, art history, decorative arts, city planning, real estate, and archaeology. The Library contains more than 600,000 volumes, including 40,000 rare books, and approximately 2,300 serials. Avery’s Drawings and Archives collection includes more than 2 million architectural drawings and records. For more information, please visit the Avery website.