About the Contributors

Alexander Watkins


Bridget Madden is the Associate Director of the Visual Resources Center in the Department of Art History at the University of Chicago. Bridget holds a Master of Science in Library Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and has served on the Visual Resources Association’s Intellectual Property Rights Committee since 2013.

Alexandra Provo is a Metadata Librarian at New York University. She was the 2015-2016 Kress Fellow in Art Librarianship at Yale University and has been the project manager for two linked open data projects: The Drawings of the Florentine Painters and the Linked Jazz Project. From 2012-2013, she was a photograph cataloger on the “Homeless Paintings of the Italian Renaissance” project at Harvard University’s Villa I Tatti. She has an MSLIS from Pratt Institute and a BA in art history from Wesleyan University.

Danielle Reay is an Architecture, Art and Design Library Specialist at New Jersey Institute of Technology. As a librarian for the College of Architecture and Design, she provides research and instruction support as well as oversight of the Littman Library’s digital initiatives. She also serves as the library liaison for questions on copyright and intellectual property. She earned her MLIS from Rutgers University and holds an MA in Cinema Studies from NYU.

Anna Simon is the Research and Instruction Librarian at the Kohler Art Library, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Prior to that she was the collections, reference, and instruction librarian for the departments of Art and Art History and Film and Media Studies at Georgetown University. Anna received a dual degree in art history and library science at Indiana University Bloomington. Her master’s research examined Fluxus, participatory art, and the Experience Economy through the collaborative online art project Learning to Love You More by Miranda July and Harrell Fletcher. She is keenly interested in cultivating the library as place and transitioning service models from transactional to relational.

Alex Watkins is the Art & Architecture Librarian and an assistant professor at the University of Colorado Boulder. His research focuses on information literacy in art and design education, global access and information privilege in art history, and the relationship between fair use and ethics in art practice. He served as chair of the ARLIS/NA Public Policy Committee from 2015-2016. He earned masters degrees in Library Science and the History of Art & Design from Pratt Institute.


Amanda Avery serves as liaison to the Center for Transformational Teaching and Learning (CTTL) at Marywood University. In this area, she strives to help students and faculty incorporate digital tools for research, teaching and lifelong learning, with a focus on critical approaches to information literacy and technology adoption. She emphasizes assessment, feedback and the importance of user experience in developing online learning tools. Amanda is interested in investigating and cultivating digital mindfulness practices in librarianship, research, and her daily life. She holds a BA in Creative Writing from the University of Pittsburgh and a Masters of Library and Information Science from Syracuse University.

Leslie Worrell Christianson holds a Masters Degree in Library and Information Science from the Catholic University of America. As the supervisor of public services, she fosters a physical environment that supports access, creativity, engagement, and the free flow of ideas. As the liaison to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, she provides  information literacy instruction and reference services. Her research interests include equitable access to information, scholarly communications, and the critical practice of librarianship.She currently serves of the Board of the Pennsylvania Library Association as the Treasurer.

For a number of years, Cindy Derrenbacker was a theological librarian at several graduate theological schools in Canada prior to serving as Laurentian University’s founding architecture librarian (2013- ) for the McEwen School of Architecture in Sudbury, ON. The architecture library and the core collection have grown and developed from an oversized closet integrated in the studio space to a brand new cross-laminated timber facility with seating for more than eighty-five, which opened fall 2016. As an architecture librarian, Cindy has particular interests in teaching and learning, literacy (including visual and adult), and civic engagement.

Nestor Armando Gil is a Cuban-American artist born in 1971 in Jacksonville, Florida. He completed a BA in Humanities at New College of Florida, and an MFA in Studio Art at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Nestor has been in residence, delivered artist talks, and exhibited work across the United States and internationally. He serves on the faculty of Lafayette College as an Assistant Professor of Art. Nestor lives in Easton, PA with his family.

Laura Dimmit is a Research & Instruction/Arts & Humanities Librarian at the University of Washington Bothell & Cascadia College Campus Library. She has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and an MSLS. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research interests include information literacy for creative practitioners and peer mentorship for teachers.

Karyn Hinkle has been teaching  library research for over ten years with specialized graduate students as well as undergraduates. She earned her MS in Library and Information Science at the Pratt Institute and has worked and taught at the Brooklyn Museum, the Bard Graduate Center, Sarah Lawrence College, Northwestern University, and the University of Kentucky.  As a visual art librarian, she loves any chance to encourage students to find, consider, manipulate, and incorporate images into their research.

Jessica Hronchek teaches information literacy in the arts and general education programs at Hope College and provides library support for all art departments on campus.  Copyright is a topic of professional interest, and she has taught students copyright best practices in art, computer science, and humanities honors courses. Other areas of research include information use in dance and peer-assisted learning in undergraduate libraries.

Allan T. Kohl is the Visual Resources Librarian at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, where he is also responsible for library instruction. He holds his MALS degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, his MA in art history from the University of Minnesota, and a Masters in Teaching from Beloit College. He is the former President of the Visual Resources Association, and serves on the VRA’s Intellectual Property Rights Committee, with which he has collaborated on a number of major IPR projects including the “Image Collection Guidelines,” The Digital Image Rights Computator (or DIRC), and the VRA’s Statement on the Fair Use of Images for Teaching, Research, and Study.

Emilee Mathews is the Art & Design Librarian at The Ohio State University. Previously, she was the Research Librarian for Art & Visual Studies at University of California, Irvine from 2013 to 2018. She currently serves on the Strategic Directions committee and was a founding co-editor of the ARLIS/NA publication Multimedia & Technology Reviews. She publishes and presents on convergences of arts and digital humanities.

Lindsey Reynolds received her MLIS degree from the University of Alabama in 2011. She is interested in how libraries can be generative spaces for practicing artists as well as serving traditional research communities. She is especially interested in artists who approach publication as part of their practice. Lindsey previously worked at the Birmingham Museum of Art in Alabama, the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, and with the New York Art Resources Consortium, which consists of the research libraries of three leading art museums in New York City: the Brooklyn Museum, the Frick Collection, and the Museum of Modern Art. From 2012 to 2017 she was a member of the planning committee for the Contemporary Artist’s Book Conference, held in conjunction with Printed Matter’s New York Art Book Fair. Lindsey currently works as the Dodd Librarian at the University of Georgia’s Lamar Dodd School of Art.

As Visual Resources Curator at the Fashion Institute of Technology, Molly Schoen works with History of Art faculty to address their technology, research, and image-related needs. She also leads presentations and workshops relating to visual literacy and copyright issues to FIT students. Prior to her position at FIT, she worked at the University of Michigan’s Visual Resources Collections and at the Mott-Warsh Collection in Flint, MI. She has a Masters in Library & Information Science from Wayne State University.

Meredith Wisner has worked at Barnard College for over two years, teaching instruction sessions for the departments of Art, Architecture and First Year Writing, as well as workshops on visual literacy and copyright. Her research interests include tactics for expanding access to information within and outside academia, and the systemic racial and gender biases inherent to copyright law. Prior to her work at Barnard she served as the Assistant Director to Archives and Records at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, where she cut her teeth managing rights for museum and archival collections.

Lijuan Xu is the Associate Director of Research & Instructional Services at Skillman Library, Lafayette College. Her work focuses on collaborating with faculty from across academic departments to develop research assignments and build information literacy into their courses. She has presented and published on topics including information literacy instruction pedagogy and faculty librarian partnership. The article that describes her co-teaching experience with Professor Nestor Gil appeared in the spring 2018 issue of Art Documentation.




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