15 May 2013

Subject librarian elected as Chair of prestigious Art Libraries society

Distance-learning MA in Publishing in development

Congratulations to Subject Librarian for Publishing and the Creative Arts Chris Fowler, who, in April, was elected to become Chair of ARLIS/UK & Ireland: the Art Libraries Society - the professional organisation for people involved in library and information services.

ARLIS/UK & Ireland was founded in 1969 to help document resources in the visual arts. In response to her election, Chris said "I am immensely honoured to have been elected Chair of ARLIS. The Society has been extremely important to me in my professional development as an art librarian, our support for new entrants to the profession is a particular strength." The society now has over 700 members worldwide, and close links with other ARLIS associations such as North America and Australia and New Zealand.

Through the annual conference, workshops, visits and publications (including The Art Libraries Journal and the ARLIS News-sheet), the Society provides a forum for debate, discussion and dissemination of best practice in the field of visual arts librarianship. "Previous Chairs have come from renowned institutions such as the Tate, the V&A and the Courtauld" says Chris, "I am very proud to see the name of Oxford Brookes University appear on that list."

She will serve as Chair for two years.