ARLIS/NA Mid-Atlantic

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

Month: March 2011

DC to host ARLIS/NA Annual Conference in 2014

As some of you may have already heard, ARLIS/NA accepted our bid to host the Society’s 2014 conference in Washington, D.C. The announcement was made at the annual membership meeting last Saturday.
Many thanks to all who voted for the D.C. venue and volunteered to serve on the conference planning committee. You will be hearing from us soon! In the meantime, if you have any questions, feel free to get in touch.
-Anne H. Simmons, Chapter Chair

Phillips Collection Blog

The Phillips Collection announces the launch of its blog The Experiment Station.

From Cataloguing & Technical Services Librarian Sarah Osborne Bender:

Duncan Phillips wrote of his museum in 1926: “This is the record of the youth of an idea, the concept of a small, intimate museum combined with an experiment station — and it represents the first stage in our progress towards the realization of an ideal.”

In the many voices of The Phillips Collection employees, volunteers, and interns, The Experiment Station will bring you behind the scenes in conservation, interviews with artists on staff, flashbacks with archival images and letters, notes from the music program, thoughts on the creative process, and much more. Welcome to our blog!

Conference Blog, Part III

Volunteering, Sessions, Convocation & Icebreaker Welcome Party!

Friday began very early with volunteering for Shhh…Silent Auction! at 7am. Several of us were tasked with setting up the items for the silent auction which would open later that morning for bidding. The number of donations far surpassed what the Silent Auction Committee expected and, I believe, numbered between 70 and 80 lots! Many of the lots were donated by ARLIS and VRA chapters, and there were some pretty good themes that made if fun to unwrap and display items. Patricia McRae Baley (aka Empress Patti) ran the show, busily showing us how to assemble lots, display items, and match bid sheets.

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Conference Blog, Part II

Minnesota Center for Book Arts, Volunteering & Food

Tour participants walk through the MCBA gallery

On Thursday I had the pleasure of participating in a tour of the Minnesota Center for Book Arts. The Minnesota Center for Book Arts (MCBA) is a 25 year old center for contemporary artists’ books, printmaking, papermaking, and artistic exploration of the book format, and the oldest center of its kind in the country. Our tour was led by Adult Programs Manager M.C. Hyland. Hyland was a fantastic host, leading us through the breathtaking, light-filled facilities, and explaining printmaking and paper-making processes.

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Conference Blog, Part I

This past week I had the pleasure of attending VRA + ARLIS/NA 2011, the 2nd joint conference of the Visual Resources Association and Art Libraries Society of North America. Thank you to the Caroline Backlund Award Committee as well as the generous contributions of the ARLIS/DC-MD-VA Chapter for their support of the Caroline Backlund Professional Development Award, of which I’m a recipient. This award has made it possible for me to attend the national conference this year and I’m excited to report on my experiences here on our chapter blog.

Flight from DC to Minneapolis

Conference Blog, Part I: Arriving in Minneapolis

After a few delays from Reagan National, I finally made it to Minneapolis on Wednesday evening. Sarah Osborne Bender was a great travel companion, as were all of the friendly people I met once we touched down. Minnesotans are a very welcoming bunch—a woman on the light rail gave me directions, suggested places to eat, and pointed out the collapsed football stadium dome (it fell in under the weight of too much snow)! Like many other locals, she attempted to convince me it was “spring” last week in Minneapolis.

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Chapter Meeting in Minneapolis

Join us for the upcoming joint ARLIS/DMV + VRA Mid-Atlantic meeting at the VRA + ARLIS/NA 2011 Conference in Minneapolis.

We will be meeting: Saturday, March 26 from 5:00 – 6:00pmin Marquette III-IV-V

Find our meeting on SCHED

DMVers in Minneapolis

Here’s what some of our local colleagues will be up to in Minneapolis for the VRA-ARLIS 2011 Conference:


Growing New Professionals through Mentorship: A Two Way Street – Jacqueline Protka, Corcoran College of Art and Design (Speaker)

Images Unleashed: Expanding Beyond Traditional Disciplines – Yuki Hibben, Virginia Commonwealth University (Organizer)


How do we Shelve It? The Place for Vendor Provided Electronic Titles in Art and Architecture Collections – Shalimar Fojas White, Dumbarton Oaks  (Moderator)


Poster Session: Collaboration in Developing a Book Art Genre Index – Mary Anne Dyer & Yuki Hibben, Virginia Commonwealth University

Be sure to check out all of the great programming here.

Will you be attending VRA + ARLIS 2010? Please let us know in the comments! We’d love to know if you are presenting, moderating, organizing, volunteering, serving on a committee, or just attending to soak it all in.

Censorship Symposium at Corcoran

Dear Colleagues-

I want to bring your attention to the following important and FREE one-day symposium focused on censorship to take place at the Corcoran Gallery of Art on Saturday, March 26, 10:00am – 5:30pm.  A reception for panelists and attendees will follow in the Corcoran Atrium from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.  Pre-registration is encouraged.  To pre-register, visit


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Job Posting: Chrysler Museum of Art

The Chrysler Museum of Art seeks an individual for special projects. This individual will perform a variety library/media tasks related to materials acquisition, processing, circulation and storage; catalog and/or database maintenance; physical upkeep of materials and book inventory. Must be available to start immediately and work a set schedule, Wednesday through Friday, 20 hours per week through June 30, 2011. BA/BS in related preferred. Previous library or related experience preferred. Must have strong attention to detail. Applicants should submit a cover letter, along with references, salary history, and current resume, to

Job Opportunity: Library Cataloger


Library Cataloger at Hillwood Museum

Part-time, hourly (approximately 8 hours per week, some telework possible)


Catalog and assist with the processing of library materials; work with library staff to maintain and develop library services for museum staff and the public.

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