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Heather Gendron Bio

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Heather Gendron is Head of the Art Library and Coordinator of Assessment for the University Library at UNC Chapel Hill. As Coordinator, Heather chairs the Library's User Feedback and Assessment Committee and is responsible for cultivating a culture of assessment within the University Library and for leading an assessment program that is focused on improvements in library services, spaces, and collections.  She has also served on the Library's Strategic Planning and Budgeting Committees.

In her capacity as Art Librarian, Heather co-teaches the Art and Visual Information Management course for UNC’s School of Information and Library Science (SILS) and has served in several leadership roles within Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA), including as a member of the Executive Board, as Chair of the Professional Development Committee and Education Subcommittee, and is a peer reviewer for Art Documentation.

Heather has published and presented on an array of topics, including artists’ studio archives, competency standards for art information professionals, competency standards for academic librarians, and the research processes of artists and designers. Previously, Heather was Head of the Art & Architecture Library at Virginia Tech. She holds a BFA in Visual Arts from Purchase College (SUNY) and an MLIS from The University of Texas at Austin.