Sometimes Lady Luck does pass my way. I was recently awarded this year’s Winberta Yao Travel Award from the Mountain West Chapter of ARLIS, which means that not only do I get to attend the joint ARLIS/VRA conference in Minneapolis, network with colleagues and attend useful workshops, but I don’t have to pay for it. Win win. During the conference I will also be meeting my new mentor as part of the year-long career mentoring program. She is the librarian and San Francisco MOMA, so is sure to be a great source of advice on my career development.
The recognition I have started to get as a result of winning this award is very validating. The art librarian at UNM invited me out to coffee. My boss at Bunting was kind enough to forward the announcement to the art history department, so I’ve been receiving congratulations from fellow students and professors. It seems this kind of thing may truly be the key to the kingdom – get your name out there (for a positive reason, of course!) and the ball will start rolling. Let’s see where it goes from here.