Given at the 2018 METRO Symposium, Libraries in the Context of Capitalism, this presentation addressed how the for-profit nature of art gallery research affects the way information is gathered and prioritized, as well as the benefits and disadvantages such an environment creates.

Art gallery librarians are still a relatively new phenomenon in the gallery and library world, as such, the experiences and work of these specialized professionals is often overlooked when discussing librarianship.  However, many of the projects art gallery librarians take on have applicability outside of the corporate art world, and this presentation aimed to shed light on this.

This presentation was adapted for a lighting round discussion at the 2018 Art Libraries Society of North America's Annual Conference as "The Pseudo-Solo Librarian: An Art Gallery Librarian in a Global Gallery System."

Written to address user interaction with digitized materials, this research paper acknowledges the benefits of digitization, but also goes on to highlight how digitization processes corrupt source material, as well as user experience, through the distortion of material and context. Additionally, this paper discusses the role of library and information professionals in guaranteeing that digitization projects result in positive outcomes.  This paper was selected for presentation at the 6th International Conference on Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries to take place in Istanbul in May of 2014.

The personal archives of Barbara Newman, a dance reporter and critic, consists of hundreds of audiocassettes of interviews with dancers and choreographers taken over the course of her career. Originally undertaken as a graduate school assignment, this project entailed the processing and digitizing of some of the aforementioned cassettes and the updating of a website designed specifically for the project. 

This project entailed the drafting of a collection development plan for the Zine Library at ABC No Rio, a community center in lower Manhattan. The completed plan, which is directed towards the average user, describes the community that the ABC No Rio Zine Library serves and the collection at the time of writing. The plan also addresses policies regarding acquisitions, circulation, patron privacy, funding, copying, maintenance, and the reconsideration or removal of materials. The policy also discusses the Punk Music Special Collection. 

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