Dear DC/MD/VA ARLIS members,
I’d like to start off by thanking the Caroline Backlund Travel Award committee for selecting me for this scholarship. I would not have been able to attend the annual ARLIS conference in Pasadena without this monetary help.
I thoroughly enjoyed my first ARLIS conference. I signed up to have a mentor walk me through the conference, and under the guidance of Suz Massen, Head of Reference at the Frick Library, I met many new colleagues, became familiar with the layout of the conference, and received a warm reception into the broader ARLIS community. I found the activities geared towards new professionals and members particularly fun and helpful. From the new member orientation to the mentoring program to the ARLISnap activities, I discovered an exceptional level of support and encouragement.
Besides the networking opportunities that ARLIS afforded, I found many of the sessions informative. I was able to attend a wide variety of sessions that were relevant to my interests and work. In particular, I enjoyed the session entitled “The Visual Language of Data: Reshaping Humanities Research” about using technology to analyze data and make new comparative conclusions, “Forward Into the Past: Crafting a Digital Future, Curating Our Analog Past” and “The New Archivist,” which gave new archival professionals an opportunity to speak about their work.
As a new professional, I look forward to many more years of active involvement with the ARLIS community, including continuing to work on the program committee for the upcoming conference and implementing a local chapter mentoring program in Fall 2013. Thank you again for the scholarship, and best of luck to everyone with planning the 2014 ARLIS conference in D.C.!
–Eden Orelove, Student Library Technician, National Gallery of Art, and 2013 Caroline Backlund Travel Award Winner
Located just outside of the nation’s capital in Potomac, Maryland, Glenstone is a museum that seamlessly integrates art, architecture, and landscape into a serene and contemplative environment to form a unique connection between art and the visitor. Glenstone expresses the personal vision of its founders by assembling and presenting post-World War II and contemporary art of the highest quality in a series of refined architectural and outdoor spaces.
The Glenstone Archives is currently seeking applications for the position of Archives Intern for the Fall 2013 semester. The Archives Intern will process a small personal collection that includes photographic images and ephemera, and produce a finding aid for that collection, as well as assist in the implementation of a file plan for managing digital visual resources.
For the full position description and application instructions, please see the following link: Glenstone Archives Intern Fall 2013. The application deadline is August 25, 2013.
This is a call for volunteers to be mentors in the newly established local chapter mentoring program. Mentors are not limited to professionals with many years of experience, but rather to anyone who wants to contribute to the education and guidance of library students and budding professionals. I urge you, when considering whether to participate in this program, to think of all of the mentors you have had during your lifetime, and how these relationships increased your skill set, capabilities, and confidence. It takes a surprisingly small amount of time to make a large impact in a person’s life. You and your mentee will design the program, including the amount of time and effort that you both want to commit to the relationship and how to best communicate. The point is to match mentors and mentees with similar interests and let you learn from each other. Remember that mentors often get just as much out of a mentoring relationship as their mentees!
If you are interested in being a mentor, please send the following information to Eden Orelove at firstname.lastname@example.org:
- Your title and agency where you work (if applicable)
- Contact information
- Major settings/areas/tasks of the art information profession you are interested in/knowledgeable about (i.e. museums, academic, reference, collection development, archives, etc.)
- Any other information you deem important (i.e. if there are specific qualities you are looking for in a mentee, if you can only meet via Skype, etc.)
I thank you in advance for your involvement. I would prefer it if willing mentors would respond by August 15, 2013. I will send out a call for mentees in the fall, around the beginning of the school year. The success of this program is really up to the mentors. Please don’t put off your involvement until next year…the time to act is now!
-Eden Orelove, ARLIS DC-MD-VA Chapter Mentoring Program Coordinator