Cheryl Siegel, head of the Vancouver Art Gallery library for 30 years, mentor and trusted adviser to many in the art library field, and long-time ARLIS/NA member retired in October 2015.
Over the decades that she managed the Library at the Vancouver Art Gallery, Cheryl kept the collection growing through prosperous and difficult economic times, trained and advised several generations of library professionals, assisted thousands of researchers, sought out hard- to-find materials, organized the Gallery’s Social Committee, directed and composed for the Gallery’s Complaints and Celebratory Choir, gave lectures, gained the loyalty of many smart, dedicated volunteers, and became a cherished friend of many staff members and visitors to the Library.
Before coming to the Vancouver Art Gallery, Cheryl worked in art libraries at the University of Michigan, The Cooper Union, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Webster University. She served as Chair of ARLIS/NA, Northwest Chapter (1997, 2000, 2002), Chair of the ARLIS/NA Canadian chapter (1999, 2000) and Chair of the ARLIS/NA Annual Conference (Vancouver, 1999).
She authored three essays in Art Museum Libraries and Librarianship (2007) and “The Vancouver Art Gallery and the Machinery of Happiness” in Essays in the History of Art Libraries in Canada = Essais sur l’histoire de la bibliotheconomie d’art au Canada (2006). She also published articles in Canadian Art Libraries Newsletter, the PNLA Quarterly and the BCLA Reporter.
At her retirement party this fall, friends and colleagues described Cheryl as gracious, dedicated, creative, multi-talented, fun, loyal, diplomatic and irreplaceable. She is all of this and much more. We will miss her grace and humour and her dedication to this profession, the Vancouver Art Gallery and the Northwest arts community. We wish her a wonderful retirement full of good books, fine company and great new adventures.
-Posted on behalf of Joanna Spurling