ARLIS/NA Mid-Atlantic

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

Month: April 2011

Book Arts lecture at Corcoran

Lecture free and open to the public

April 22, 2011, 6 pm
Corcoran Gallery of Art & College of Art + Design
Frances and Armand Hammer Auditorium

Going National: Building the Book Arts Collection at the Library of Congress
Lecture with Mark Dimunation, Chief, Rare Book and Special Collections Division

Mark Dimunation was appointed Chief of the Rare Book and Special Collections Division at the Library of Congress in 1998. As Chief, Mr. Dimunation is responsible for the development, interpretation, and management of the Rare Book Collection, the largest collection of rare books in North America. He acquires materials, develops programs of lectures and presentations, and oversees the operations of the Division.

Speed Mentoring for New Information Professionals

The District of Columbia Library Association (DCLA), DC Special Libraries Association (DC/SLA), the Federal and Armed Forces Libraries (FAFLRT) and the Federal Library and Information Centers Committee (FLICC) Human Resources Working Group invite new and transitioning professionals to a Speed Mentoring event, Wednesday, May 25th.

Space is limited. We will confirm your registration within 24 hours, and you will be sent information for payment through PayPal or by check at that time. Cost is $10 for students and unemployed or retired members of DCLA; $15 for members of DCLA; $20 for non-members.

Modeled on speed dating, speed mentoring is a low-stress, fun way to make connections with leaders in the profession and explore career directions. Over the course of the evening, you will have the opportunity to meet with up to six mentors for one-on-one, 10 minute conversations, in which you can showcase and get feedback on your skills and qualifications, ask for career advice, or learn more about a mentor’s field of practice.

Join us at Jenner & Block, 1099 New York Ave NW. Sign-in opens at 5:45; networking and refreshments start at 6:00; speed mentoring begins at 6:30. Closest Metro station is Metro Center (Red, Blue, Orange lines).

Contact DCLA New Librarians Interest Group Chair Jacqueline Protka with questions,

National Library Week at the Corcoran

We want to wish you a Happy National Library Week(NLW)!! This year, NLW will run Sunday, April 10 – Saturday, April 16, 2011. The Corcoran Library is celebrating NLW with an exhibition in the Corcoran Gallery. Selected Artists’ Books from the Corcoran Library is an impromptu exhibition featuring 17 artists books from the Library’s collection*. The exhibition will run Sunday, April 10 – Sunday, April 17 in the Tyler Gallery.

There will be a reception open to students, faculty, staff, and select invitees (that’s you!) on Thursday, April 14 from 4:00pm-6:00pm in the Corcoran Gallery Atrium to celebrate National Library Week. Admission is not required to view the artists’ book exhibition or attend the reception.

Following the reception, we invite you to stay for the Scholar’s Selection Gallery Talk where Ellen G. Miles, curator emerita, department of painting and sculpture at the National Portrait Gallery will discuss Charles Peale Polk’s portraits of William Wilson Corcoran’s parents (6:30-7:45, free with Gallery admission) or a lecture by visiting designer Jeremy Mende of Mende Design (7:00-8:00, free).
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Save the Date – talks by SAAM fellows

Save the Date

On May 19th and 20th, eleven Smithsonian American Art Museum fellows will present talks about their research, 1:00 to 4:30 pm in the museum’s McEvoy Auditorium, 8th and G Streets N.W., Washington, D.C.

Among their topics: “Benjamin West: Sculptor of Empire,” “Putting on the Ritz: Dandies, Race, and Modernism,” and “Pan-Americanism and Prejudice in Southern California, 1933-45.”

A wine reception will follow after the final talk.

This event is open to the public and no reservations are required.  For more information please email

Conference Blog, Part V

Last day, Final Thoughts & Thanks


Sunday morning I headed out to catch the Poster Sessions. There were a lot of interesting topics being explored here, and I when I realized I spent most of an hour and only visited two posters, I picked up my pace to make it all the way around. I had the opportunity to hear about current projects being carried out in the fields of art librarianship and visual resources curatorship.

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Anacostia Library featured in Architectural Record

The February 2011 issue of Architectural Record features libraries in its “Building Types Study.” Included is a look at the new Anacostia Library designed by the Freelon Group in association with architect David Adjaye, who was profiled in the Fall 2008 issue of Sketches, the chapter’s newsletter.

The full Architectural Record article may be found here.

Conference Blog, Part IV

Exhibits, Meetings, Sessions, Veg*n Dinner

Saturday was another full day with sessions, meetings galore, and more opportunities to meet with my colleagues.

A packed Exhibits Hall

The Exhibits Hall was packed just about every time I could pop in. The coffee breaks offered a chance to roam around and meet vendors without missing sessions. The Exhibits Hall boasted a nice mix of fine press, special collections, artists’ books, media, and software vendors. It was difficult to see so many beautiful art books without buying everything!

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