ARLIS/NA Mid-Atlantic

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

Month: May 2011

Mentors needed for ‘Speed Mentoring’ program

Would you be interested in providing mentorship for one evening to a group of new and transitioning library professionals?

A joint committee of District of Columbia Library Association (DCLA), District of Columbia Special Libraries Association (DC/SLA), and Federal Library and Information Center Committee (FLICC) members organizing a Speed Mentoring program on May 25. We are seeking library leaders, transitioning professionals, or new librarians who have just cracked the job market to share their experiences.

Registered mentees have indicated an express interest in careers in the arts. Whether you are in museums, academics, independent consulting, archives, or the vendor business, please consider participating.

If you are not familiar with the concept, speed mentoring is based on the formula of speed dating. The idea is to create a low-stress and fun way for new and transitioning librarians to make connections with experienced members of the profession. In the course of the evening you will meet with 6 mentees for 15 minutes each. Mentees may seek resume or cover letter guidance, want advice on career goals, or may just want to chat about the profession. Like dating, the connections you make might lead to beautiful relationships!

Event details:

Place and time: Jenner & Block, Wednesday, May 25th Registration from 5:45 to 6:15; informal networking and refreshments from 5:45 – 6:20; introduction from 6:20 – 6:30, including a few words from financial sponsor TRAK library recruiting; speed mentoring 6:30 – 8:00. Mentors will have 6 time slots of 15 minutes each (including “switch time”) available during the evening.

Please let me know by Monday, May 16 if you would like to participate. I’d be happy to further discuss the logistics.


Jacqueline L. Protka
Digital Assets and Media Librarian
Corcoran Library, Corcoran Gallery/College of Art + Design

From the ARLIS/NA Chapters Liaison

Hello DC MD VA Chapter!

I want to start off by mentioning a couple of highlights from the annual conference. One program that I enjoyed a great deal was the closing plenary, sponsored by the Alternative Voices Speakers Fund. It featured Wing Young Huie, who is a Minnesota-born photographer specializing in documenting urban scenes and addressing issues of cultural and ethnic diversity. He talked about several of his projects, including “Lake Street USA,” where he displayed 675 photographs of local residents in shop windows along six miles of Lake Street, Minneapolis. Here’s his website:

As you know, the executive board approved your offer to host the 2014 annual conference in Washington, DC. I applaud the decision to consult with your members before making an offer of conference hosting. I was struck in particular by the sentence in your proposal that said: “Washington boasts services and amenities appreciated by all conference-goers—plentiful hotel space, user-friendly public transportation, a walkable city center, as well as a wide array of cultural resources that appeal specifically to the ARLIS/NA membership.” I have fond memories of living in DC in the early 90’s, and I think it will be a great venue for our 2014 conference!

Lastly, we are moving forward with migrating your chapter listserv to the L-Soft software, which allows archiving and manages additions/subtractions to the listserv automatically. I think you’ll all appreciate the added functionality.

That’s all for now! Feel free to contact me at if you have any questions.

Happy Spring,

Laurel Bliss
ARLIS/NA Chapters Liaison
Fine Arts Librarian
San Diego State University