The School of Architecture is delighted to announce that Gabriella Karl-Johnson joined the Library staff as Architecture Librarian starting on Sept. 1, 2015.
Gabriella comes to us from the Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, Columbia University, where she worked on a cataloging and metadata project for the Durst Old York Library, a collection of historic maps, postcards, books, and ephemera of New York City recently digitized by Columbia University. Gabriella's work on the project included the creation of a geographic search interface for the collection, which allows users to discover materials through an interactive map to which all items in the collection have been plotted via geographic coordinates.
Gabriella's professional library work specializes in architectural, visual, and special collections materials. She previously worked in the fields of history research and dance, as well as in the architecture industry in New York City, where she was Director of Business Development for Steven Holl Architects. In addition, Gabriella was a Graduate Student Instructor at the University of California, Berkeley, while she was an M.Arch student in the College of Environmental Design. While completing her library degree, she held internships at Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Institute of Fine Arts - NYU, and New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.
Gabriella has a BA in Political Science from Beloit College, a Master of Architecture from UC Berkeley, and an MLIS from Queen’s College, CUNY. She is a member of ARLIS/NA (Art Libraries Society of North America), AASL (Association of Architecture School Librarians), Vernacular Architecture Forum, and VRA (Visual Resources Association). She is currently a co-editor of ARLIS/NA Multimedia and Technology Reviews, an online publication reviewing new tools and technology related to art and architecture libraries.