The Visual Materials Cataloging and Access Roundtable will be holding elections electronically and outside of the annual meeting at SAA. Nominees are current members of SAA and VMCAR, and must be present at the annual meeting in August. Kait Dorsky will take over the Chair from Shannon Erb at the annual meeting in August 2016.

Vice-Chair/ Chair-Elect Candidate: Sharon Mizota, Production Art Librarian at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (Beverly Hills, California)

About Sharon:

I am currently the Production Art Librarian at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, where I am responsible for cataloging original artworks related to film production. I received my MLIS from San Jose State in 2013 and have a background in visual art, with a Bachelor’s and an MFA in Fine Art. I am also a part-time arts writer for the Los Angeles Times and other publications. 

My background in art and writing makes me an enthusiastic advocate for quality description and access for visual materials. I also have strong project management experience, initiating a born-digital pilot project and an annual Wikipedia Edit-a-thon at the Academy. In organizing the Edit-a-thon, I decided to focus on diversity, resulting in many new entries on underrepresented figures. If elected Vice-Chair of this roundtable, I would use these experiences to foster an engaged and inclusive dialogue on important issues related to the documentation and dissemination of our visual histories.