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

Secretary | Jan Morgan | Academic Support Librarian, Wimbledon College of Arts
Jan is currently the Academic Support Librarian supporting the Fine Art courses at Wimbledon College of Arts. She studied Print & Illustration at Liverpool Polytechnic and Cumbria College of Art and Design. In 2006 she completed a PG Dip in Information Services Management. Jan has previously worked at Chelsea College of Arts, Camberwell College of Arts, The Ashmolean Library Oxford, The English Faculty Library Oxford and the TUC Archive London.

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.

Committee Member | Bobbie Winter-Burke |
Bobbie is the Serials Librarian (Collections) at the Natural History Museum and has previously worked in library roles at Ravensbourne, The Courtauld Institute of Art, The Whitechapel Gallery and Middlesex University. She took up a place on the LIS course at UCL and completed the PGDip in 2015.She studied English Literature at Sussex, before working in a number of roles in museums, galleries and publishing. After setting up and running a small art bookshop for an independent publishing house, she moved into the world of libraries.

Committee Member | Antonia Williamson | Subject Librarian for Art, Design and Visual Cultures, Goldsmiths, University of London
Antonia graduated with a BA in Sculpture from Bretton Hall College, part of Leeds University in 2000. After several years working in community arts projects and Teaching English as a Foreign Language she decided to pursue a career as a librarian. She began working as a Library Assistant at Kings College London in the medical libraries based at Guy’s and St. Thomas’ Hospital. In 2006 she moved to work at the Royal College of Art as a Library Assistant and studied part time for an MSc in Information Management in the Cultural Sector at City University. In 2009 she got her first professional post, which she currently working in, as the Subject Librarian for Art, Design and Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths, University of London.

Committee Member | Jenny Lelkes | Assistant Academic Support Librarian, London College of Fashion
Jenny is currently an Assistant Academic Support Librarian at the London College of Fashion, which is her first professional role, and a temporary cataloguer at Birkbeck, University of London. At the London College of Fashion Jenny supports fashion textiles, pattern cutting and garment construction courses, as well as an introductory further education fashion course for international students. She also has functional responsibilities within the Collections, Special Collections and Information Services teams. In 2011 she completed a BA in Art History from Sussex, and in 2014 graduated from UCL with an MA in Library and Information Studies. Jenny has previous worked in a number of different library roles in public, academic and national libraries across London and the South East.