ARLIS/NA Mid-Atlantic

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

Month: November 2011

MICA History Book: Making History / Making Art

MICA: Making History /Making Art by Douglas L. Frost was recently awarded the 2011 Arline Custer Award by the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference (MARAC). The book, published by Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA),  covers nearly two centuries (1826-2011) of the Baltimore art school’s history.

About the Book:

On November 3, 1825, in a large assembly room on South Charles Street a group of Baltimore’s leading citizens met to organize a new educational institution they called ‘The Maryland Institute for the Promotion of the Mechanic Arts.’

Thus begins the story of present-day Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), and the text of MICA: Making History / Making Art by Douglas L. Frost. The book utilizes hundreds of documents—texts and images—from sources held in the MICA Archives at the Decker Library & Media Resources Collection and in other collections in Baltimore and beyond. Continue reading

Fall Meeting Recap

Text and photos by Sarah Osborne Bender

Our day began in a meeting room at the Victor Building where the library for the Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery is housed. Library director Doug Litts welcomed us with coffee and pastries. Our program began with a greeting from Martin Sullivan, director of the National Portrait Gallery. Martin graciously acknowledged the value of art librarians and archivists in the research for notable exhibitions such as Hide/Seek, Seeing Gertrude Stein, and an upcoming show on artistic representations of the war of 1812.


Our first presentation of the day was from Erin Rushing, Digital Images Librarian for the Smithsonian as well as the Social Media Co-Chair for the Smithsonian Institution Libraries. She discussed the recent effort to coordinate social media outreach over a variety of platforms including Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, YouTube, and the Smithsonian Libraries blog. She discussed the advantages of group participation in keeping ideas varied and fresh. Documentation of social media practices and guidelines is thorough and an internal calendar is used to keep content managed and regularly published. Erin shared examples of the limited marketing the group has done for their social media outlets, mentioning that their flyers and cards have made appearance at conferences. Giving everyone a chuckle, she let us in on what content gets the best response in social media with “pretty pictures” and anything food-related leading the way, followed, surprisingly, by the extreme niche subject of antique sewing machines. She emphasized the value of interdepartmental collaboration in the group and says that the group is looking forward to new platforms and focusing on engaging audiences rather than simply new ways to disseminate information.
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Call for Nominations

ARLIS/D.C.-Md.-Va. is seeking nominations for the 2011 Vice-Chair.

The Vice-Chair acts as chief executive officer in the event that the Chair is unable to serve, assists with programming, keeps meeting minutes, and automatically serves as Chair in 2012. The Vice-Chair must be a 2011 member of the local and national chapters.

If you have someone you’d like to nominate or would like to volunteer, please email both Anne Simmons, Chair at and Megan Halsband, Secretary/Treasurer, at

Official ballots will available in late November/early December.

Job Posting: Library Director

Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) is seeking a Director of Decker Library.

Position Description:

The Director of Decker Library is responsible for all aspects of the management and planning for the Decker Library/Media Resources Collection to ensure quality library services, collection materials, and resources are provided to students, faculty, alumni, and local communities. This position reports to the Dean of Academic Services.
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