Karalyn Mark (b. 1993) is a native of the Philadelphia suburbs. She attended Ithaca College, a private liberal arts institution nestled in the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York. After earning her Bachelor of Science degree in Cinema & Photography with a Still Photography concentration in 2015, she completed a yearlong Archives Internship with the Green Mountain Club in Waterbury, Vermont. Karalyn’s experiences as an Archives Intern solidified her intentions of studying Library and Information Sciences at the graduate level.
Karalyn will graduate from Pratt Institute in May 2018 with an MS in Library and Information Science, an Advanced Certificate in Archives & Special Collections, and an Advanced Certificate in Conservation and Digital Curation. Beginning in July 2018, she will be the Library Fellow in Collections Management at the Clark Art Institute Library in Williamstown, MA.
Most recently, Karalyn was a Library Fellow at the Thomas J. Watson Library, The Metropolitan Museum of Art. There, she oversaw a digitization project of Early Photography Trade Catalogs and Manuals. During her time at Pratt, she also served as a Library & Archive Work Scholar at Aperture Foundation in New York City through the Steven A. Baron Work Scholar Program. In addition to her work in libraries and archives, Karalyn has also held positions at Ithaca College’s Photography Gallery and the Vermont State Parks.
Karalyn is particularly interested in art librarianship, archives, special collections, the history of photography, and equity of access. She is also an art photographer whose photographs explore notions of the natural, the banal, and decay.
I've recently co-authored a blog post for ArLiSNAP (ARLIS/NA) along with my colleagues Anna Holbert & Carissa Pfeiffer about our experiences at Pratt Institute's School of Information. The post is titled, "Hack Your Art Librarianship Program: Pratt Institute." Read the blog post here!