Serials Committee


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What we do

The Serials Committee aims to support those working with serials in art specialist libraries. We do this by:
  • Building connections between colleagues and supporting sharing of expertise and best practice in serials management
  • Providing a community within which to engage with the challenges of serials management in an increasingly digital information environment
  • Organising visits/workshops/resources focused on management of serials in art specialist libraries


Who we are

Chair I Klara Finnimore I Journals and E-Resources Librarian, Royal College of ArtKlara is the Journals and E-Resources Librarian at the Royal College of Art. She has responsibility for managing and developing the RCA’s online collection of journals and databases, as well as maintaining the current and archived print journal collections. Klara has worked previously in subscriptions at King’s College London and in corporate and public libraries. Klara has previously been a member of the Sherif Committee and the ARLIS 2021 Conference Working Party, and is a current member of the UKSG Education Subcommittee. She co-founded the ARLIS Serials Committee in 2022.
Committee Member I Eleanor Parker | Assistant Academic Support Librarian, London College of Communication, UALEleanor has worked as an Assistant Academic Support Librarian at LCC since May 2021 after 10 years as a School Librarian.  She supports several BA film courses as well as working in the Collections and Special Collections team. In this role she has responsibility for managing the serials collections within the LCC Library. She graduated with MSc Library and Information Studies from UCL in 2009.
Committee Member I Madeleine Ahern | Librarian and Project Cataloger, The Wiener Holocaust LibraryMadeleine is Periodicals Librarian and Project Cataloguer at The Wiener Holocaust Library in London. She has been in this role since September 2022 and manages current print and online serial subscriptions as well as archived serial collections and the library’s periodical special collections. She has previously worked at the Architectural Association Library and the Taylor Institution Library and holds an MA in Art History from The University of Toronto and an MLIS in Library and Information Studies from UCL.
Committee Member I Ben Cornish | Audit Team Leader – Cataloguing and System – Moves Project, Natural History MuseumBen Cornish has been a team leader for the NHM’s Unlocked project since 2021. He is responsible for co-leading an audit of the library’s large collections of monographs, maps, and serial publications. Before this he worked as a legal librarian at various universities, legal practices and honourable societies across London. He holds a MA in Librarianship from the University of Sheffield. He has written and presented on various aspects of librarianship including public access to academic libraries, cataloguing natural history publications and the future of public libraries.

Committee Member | Liz Lawes | Subject Liaison Librarian, University College London Liz is the Subject Liaison Librarian for Fine Art, History of Art and Film Studies at University College London. She is also Collection Manager of UCL Special Collections’ Small Press Collections which include c. 5000 independently published Little Magazine titles. Prior to working at UCL, Liz was Assistant Librarian for Fine Art at Chelsea College of Arts. Previous ARLIS roles include Chair of the Visual Resources Committee, Committee Member of the Publications Committee, and Editor of the ARLIS News-Sheet. She also co-compiled with Maria White and Patrick Perratt Artists’ Books: A Cataloguer’s Manual (ARLIS UK & Ireland, 2006).

Committee Member | Will René | Assistant Librarian, The National Poetry Library Will René has been an Assistant Librarian at the National Poetry Library since 2019, having started there as a Library Assistant in 2016. He has previously been responsible for magazine and journal subscriptions at the library, and still assists with that role as well as working on acquisitions for the library’s zine collection. He holds an MA in Library and Information Studies from UCL, and he hosts Plastic Language on NTS Radio, a show inspired by the sound collections at the National Poetry Library.