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

Co-Chair | Nicholas Brown | Learning Resource Manager, Christie’s Education
Nicholas is currently the Learning Resource Manager at Christie’s Education. Previously, he managed the Stuart Hall Library at Iniva (Institute of International Visual Arts) and the Library and Archive of the Hayward Gallery. He has also worked for the Courtauld Institute of Art, Sotheby’s Institute of Art, Imperial College London and at the Whitechapel Gallery. He completed his MA in Library & Information Studies at UCL in 2012, the same year that he joined the committee.


Co-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 | Cait Peterson | Assistant Academic Support Librarian, Chelsea College of Art

Cait Peterson is an Assistant Academic Support Librarian at Chelsea College of Art. She supports the BA and MA Textile Design courses, and work on customer service and accessibility and inclusion. Cait graduated with a BA in Illustration from Camberwell College of Art in 2010, and a MSc in Library Science from City University in 2013. She has previously worked in the libraries at Kingston University, The Courtauld Institute of Art, and King’s College London.


Committee Member | Billie Coxhead | Library Services Coordinator, Ravensbourne

Billie Coxhead recently graduated from a three-year distance learning Library and Information Services Management masters at the University of Sheffield. She completed her masters whilst working full time at Ravensbourne University London as the Library Services Co-ordinator. Billie focused her master’s dissertation on the User Experience (UX) of the materials library at Ravensbourne. This research sparked her passion for supporting students and staff using specialist materials collections. Billie is currently working at University of the Arts London (UAL), as the Materials and Products Co-ordinator (Maternity Cover) at the Central Saint Martins and London College of Fashion materials collections.


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.

Committee Member | Gina Baber | Librarian, Istituto Marangoni

Gina is a Librarian at Istituto Marangoni, London. She mainly supports students on the MA and BA Fashion Design, Styling and Photography, Interior, Product and Visual Design courses. Gina completed her MA in Library and Information Studies at UCL in 2019 and also holds a BA (Hons) in Illustration from Arts Institute at Bournemouth. From October 2020, she will be starting a PGCert in Education (Educational Practice) at University of Essex (Online). Gina has previously worked in Library roles at Sotheby’s Institute of Art, Christie’s Education and University of the Arts London.