Professional Development Committee

What we do

The Professional Development Committee’s objectives are to provide information, guidance, training and networking opportunities to art librarians and information professionals, and those considering or training for a career in the sector. We do this by:

  • Organising events on behalf of ARLIS.
  • Co-ordinating with other committees to promote their events.


The Professional Development Committee organises popular annual events for ARLIS:

An Introduction to Art & Design Reference Resources introduces delegates to the varied art-specific resources available to them and offers a practical workshop in which to try them out.

Taking the Plunge: art librarianship as a career option aims to give anyone interested in art librarianship a taste of the diverse roles within the sector, including presentations from professionals and CV advice. Read some reviews of a past event herehere and here.

These events are always fun and informal opportunities to meet and talk with other students, trainees and professionals.

Who we are


Chair | Tavian Hunter | Library and Archive Manager, Stuart Hall Library, Iniva

Tavian is currently the Library and Archive Manager of the Stuart Hall Library at Iniva (Institute of International Visual Arts) and has a keen interest in developing diverse library collections. Previously, she managed the Department of Asia Library at the British Museum and worked as a Collections Library Graduate Trainee at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.  She completed her MA in Library and Information Studies at UCL in 2015 and also holds a degree in Business Management and Information Management with Japanese from the University of Westminster.


Committee Member | Hayley Webb | Liaison Librarian, Tate

Hayley Webb is a Liaison Librarian for Tate Modern and Tate Liverpool with a subject specialisation of international art. Her role involves developing Tate’s international book collection including zines and artist books. She has a background in film and art libraries and has worked for Sotheby’s Institute of Art and BFI Reuben Library. Hayley completed a post-graduate diploma in Information Studies at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand and has an academic background in fine arts, art history and English literature.


Committee Member | Brett Moodie | Subject Support Librarian, UWE Bristol.

Brett is a member of the ShERIF Committee and help to create, promote, and produce 2 events per year relating to electronic resource access. Previously Brett held the position of Community Programmes Coordinator at a public library in New Zealand where he regularly organised a wide range of events such as a weekly writing workshop, ukulele group, sustainability workshops, community support programmes, and the annual New Zealand Poetry Day celebrations. As an independent musician in several successful bands over the last 20 years (including The Raskolnikovs), he organised numerous tours and played a role in a wide variety of creative events. He has always been involved in the creative arts and was therefore very pleased to have recently made the move to the Bower Ashton Campus at UWE Bristol where he am a Subject Support Librarian for the following subjects: Interior Design, Drawing & Print, Fine Art, and Filmmaking.