Joan M. Benedetti
Independent Editor & Writer
Santa Fe, New Mexico and San Diego, CA
Art museum libraries; edited a book about them, large & small, with contributions from 45 ARLIS art museum librarians (ARLIS/NA & Scarecrow Press, 2007) from across North America and elsewhere. Other interests: international folk art and contemporary craft; traditional and contemporary Native American art; product design; subject cataloging; museum archives. Worked for 21 years as Museum Librarian at the Craft & Folk Art Museum (CAFAM) in L.A., then for 5 years as a cataloger at the L.A. County Museum of Art. Processed and wrote finding aid (now online) for the CAFAM archives, which are at UCLA Special Collections; interviewed 17 former staff & trustees for CAFAM oral history. Also worked formerly as Dec Arts Librarian at the Milwaukee P.L. and as cataloger at the Santa Monica P.L. Now retired in Santa Fe (winters spent in San Diego); member of ARLIS/NA Mountain West chapter; lifetime member of ARLIS/NA Southern California chapter; active on the Folk Art Committee of the Museum of Int'l Folk Art; and supportive of all 8 wonderful Santa Fe museums!