ARLIS/NA Mid-Atlantic

The Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Art Libraries Society of North America

Month: February 2011

ARLIS/DC-MD-VA in Minneapolis

Join us for the upcoming joint ARLIS/DMV + VRA Mid-Atlantic meeting:

Saturday, March 26 from 5:00 – 6:00pm

at the VRA + ARLIS/NA 2011 conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota

The meeting will provide a wonderful opportunity to see your local friends at this busy national conference. During the hour, we will meet jointly with our VRA counterparts, then separately to tackle chapter-specific business.

In addition to a number of exciting agenda items, we will address the proposed 2014 ARLIS/NA conference in Washington D.C.!

Please submit agenda items to by Wednesday, March 23.

Caroline Backlund Award Recipient

It is a pleasure to announce that Emily J. Hunter is the 2011 winner of the ARLIS DC-MD-VA Chapter’s Caroline Backlund Professional Development Award. The Backlund Award provides a stipend for attendance at the annual conference.

Emily is a student in the MLS program at the University of Maryland, and she is our Chapter’s web manager. She will be participating in the conference as a volunteer, so please seek her out at the registration and hospitality desks, and at the silent auction. Also, look for her at ArLiSNAP gatherings!

Emily will share her conference experiences through a five-part blog post that will include descriptions, insights, anecdotes, and photographs.

Please join me in congratulating Emily Hunter.

-Sally Stokes
Caroline Backlund Professional Development Award Committee

Feedback on ARLIS/NA Strategic Planning Goals


The Strategic Planning Committee wishes to thank the Chapters and those members that provided feedback to the Preliminary Goals. That initial response helped to shape the Goals and Objectives that are now circulating among the membership via the Website. We are now gathering feedback from the full membership, and we again need your input.

Please take a few minutes (and it only takes a few minutes) to complete the Survey (linked below). Should you want to provide more detailed information, please use the free-text windows provided. The issues resulting from this Survey will be further developed through Focus Groups that will begin in March. During the Annual Membership Meeting at the Conference, we will be available to discuss these and other issues that will lead to the vitalization and growth of our Society. Now is the time to help shape ARLIS/NA into a stronger organization that represents and supports you and your profession.

If you haven’t already, please link to the Survey and register your voice now:

Thank you and hope to see you at the Conference,

Pat Barnett, Chair
for the ARLIS/NA Committee on Strategic Planning

SP Committee members:
Jamie Lausch, Hannah Bennett, Jennifer Garland,
Eumie Imm-Stroukoff, Barbara Rachenbach and Eric Wolf
Executive Board Liaison to the Strategic Planning Committee: Jon Evans

Study Day for Russian Silver

Study Day: Russian Silver in America: Surviving the Melting Pot
Saturday, February 26, 10am-4pm

Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens

Hillwood’s curator emeritus Anne Odom’s new volume, Russian Silver in America: Surviving the Melting Pot, surveys Russian silver production, its changing forms, styles, imagery and techniques over more than 250 years and its impact on American collectors. This study day draws on research into the collections at Hillwood, The Walters Art Museum, The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Explore this topic with Odom, Scott Ruby, curator of Russian and Eastern European art at Hillwood, Bill Johnston, senior curator of 18th- and 19th-century art at The Walters Art Museum, Wolfram Koppe curator of European decorative arts at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Géza Von Habsburg, curator of Fabergé at the Virginia Museum of Fine Art and investigate the special display of Russian silver in the Mansion.

$65, $40 Member

For more information or reservations, please call 202.686.8507

Employment Opportunity at Dumbarton Oaks

Metadata and Cataloging Specialist, Image Collections & Fieldwork Archives
Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection
Washington, D.C.

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