Featured Member: Jessica Shaykett

Portrait of Jessica Shaykett

Meet Jessica Shaykett, librarian at the American Craft Council

What is your current position and how long have you been there?

I’m currently the librarian at the American Craft Council in Minneapolis. I’ve been at this position for a little over three years.

What interests you about your job?

I love my job because each day is different from the one before. I’m responsible for all aspects of librarianship, including acquisitions, cataloging, reference, database management and marketing. It’s an overwhelming job at times, but the challenges keep me engaged and I’m continuously learning new things about the profession. Working for a national organization, I also have the unique benefit of doing a little traveling to promote the collections.

Why did you join the ARLIS/NA Twin Cities chapter and why should others join?

I joined the ARLIS/NA-Twin Cities Chapter when the ACC relocated to Minneapolis as a way of learning about the art library resources available here. I was immediately overwhelmed by the support and inclusivity the group provides. I’ve toured many libraries throughout the Twin Cities I might not have otherwise known about. I’ve also developed a network to call on when questions come up in my day-to-day work. I think anyone interested in the arts, art libraries, or special collections stands to benefit from joining this group. Additionally, compared to the cost of joining other professional organizations, it’s a steal!

What are you currently reading?

In addition to the ARLIS/NA-Twin Cities Chapter book club selection The $12 Million Stuffed Shark by Don Thomson, I’m also reading Where the Heart Beats: John Cage, Zen Buddhism, and the Inner Life of Artists by Kay Larson. My undergraduate focus was in Buddhist studies, and this book has, so far, provided an amusing look at the intersection of art, music and Zen in the early-mid 20th century.