New Leaders for the Fashion, Textile & Costume Librarians Special Interest Group!

Dear FTC SIG Colleagues:

Just over three years ago, I received ARLIS/NA Board approval to form the Fashion, Textile & Costume Librarians’ Special Interest Group (FTC SIG).

We inaugurated our new SIG at the 2011 ARLIS/NA Annual Conference with a Postcards from the Edge Workshop on Fashion, Costume & Textile Librarianship. In the years since, we have organized, sponsored, and inspired several conference presentations and tours focused on our subject areas. We have formed and strengthened ties with FTC colleagues, and created stronger connections with FTC publishers from around the world.

It has been my distinct pleasure to lead our group and watch us evolve through these early years. We are now a 280-member strong international group of academic, public, museum, and corporate librarians. We are the sole professional forum for sharing ideas and information pertinent to fashion, textile & costume librarianship, and we’ve worked together to develop our knowledge and skills in areas such as reference, library instruction, and collection development.

Typically, ARLIS SIG leadership rotates annually among members. At our recent FTC SIG Annual Meeting in Washington D.C., I announced a call for new leadership. I’m thrilled to annouce that a group of highly qualified, dynamic, and enthusiastic librarians have volunteered to be our new leaders.

So, please join me in welcoming our new Fashion, Textile & Costume SIG leaders for 2014 – 2015:

FTC SIG Moderator:

Lauren MacDonald, MA, MLIS
Instructional Services Librarian
California College of the Arts
1111 Eighth Street San Francisco, CA 94107
Phone: 415.703.9557

FTC SIG Vice-Moderator:

Carla-Mae Crookendale
Reference Librarian
Savannah College of Art and Design®
Jen Library, 201 E. Broughton St.
Savannah, GA 31401
T: 912.525.4724 – Fax: 912.525.4715

FTC SIG Blog Coordinators:

Helen Lane
Head of Research and Instructional Services FIT Library

Diana Harter
MLIS, BA in Humanities

I am confident that our new leaders will work collaboratively and creatively to develop our SIG and our blog, and that we’ll see some exciting new changes this year.

Thank you sincerely Lauren, Carla-Mae, Helen, and Diana. We’re very lucky to have you!

As for myself, I plan on remaining an active member of the FTC SIG. I’ll be posting regularly on our blog, and available to help our new leaders transition into their roles.

I sincerely thank you, our members, and our FTC publishers, for a wonderful and rewarding first-three years! I encourage you all to keep posting to the blog, publishing, presenting at conferences, and networking, so that our SIG will continue to grow and the field of FTC librarianship will gain further recognition for the unique and vital field that it is!


Sandra J. Ley
Fashion & Visual Arts Librarian
Pima Community College
2202 W. Anklam Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85709-0001
206-3015 /

2 thoughts on “New Leaders for the Fashion, Textile & Costume Librarians Special Interest Group!

  1. Sandra,

    You have done an amazing job establishing the FTC SIG and serving as the blog moderator. Thank you so much for your contribution to the profession of art librarianship and your support of all of us with an interest in fashion.and its-related fields. As a former information specialist at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles, I am so proud to be associated with you and the members of ARLIS/NA.

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