Sarah Carter joined the IU Libraries as Art, Architecture and Design Librarian in December 2017. Previously she served as Director of the Bridwell Art Library at the University of Louisville from 2014 - 2017, and as Instruction + Research Services Librarian at the Verman Kimbrough Memorial Library at the Ringling College of Art and Design from 2007 – 2014.
In her current position, she supports teaching, learning and research for students, faculty and researchers affiliated with the School of Art and Design, including disciplines such as architecture, studio art, art history, design and apparel merchandising. This work includes selecting and purchasing research and teaching materials in the areas of the arts; helping studio art students solve research problems related to their art practice; consulting with art historians to locate scholarly materials; and connecting scholars with tools and expertise available for digital humanities work at IU.
Sarah’s research interests include the use of controlled vocabularies in providing access to digital surrogates of special collections materials; and investigations into the research needs of artists and designers, specifically in relationship to the Association of College and Research Libraries' Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Learning. She is active professionally within the Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA), having served in a number of leadership roles within that organization, including a current appointment as Chair of the Strategic Directions Committee. She recently published in the ARLIS/NA journal, Art Documentation: Journal of the Art Libraries Society of North America, on "Aligning Circulation Policies with Student Needs and Collection Value: A Historic Comparison of Trends in Academic Art Libraries."
Sarah is an IU Bloomington alumna, holding both a Master of Arts in Art History from the Henry Radford Hope School of Fine Arts and a Master of Library Science from the School of Library and Information Science. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Art History and Italian Language and Literature from Smith College in Northampton, MA.