ARLIS/NA Mid-Atlantic

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

Month: September 2013

Chapter Mentoring Program Update

The first year of the ARLIS/NA DC-MD-VA chapter mentoring program has gotten off to a great start! The inaugural participants include the following nine mentor/mentee pairings (mentors are listed first):

John Hagood and Julia Murphy

Molli Kuenstner and Kerry Huller

Shalimar White and Dan Moore

Sarah Osborne Bender and Oksana Prokhvacheva

Kim Lesley and Lisa Bonaparte

Jacqueline Protka and Angela Forest

Julia Wisniewski and Tamara Pilko

Leila Prasertwaitaya and Michelle Strizever

Doug Litts and Adam Robinson

Thanks to all the participants for making this first year of the mentoring program a success! Participants are welcome to write about their experiences on the chapter blog (email submissions to Tessa Brawley-Barker) and are invited to the upcoming chapter meeting on Friday, October 11, at the National Museum of Women in the Arts (see for the schedule).

Call for Applications: ARLIS/NA 2014 Gerd Muehsam Award

The Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) is accepting applications for the 2014 Gerd Muehsam Award. This award is given annually for a student paper or web project focused on a topic relevant to art librarianship or visual curatorship. Current students and recent graduates in library studies, art history, museum studies, and studio art are encouraged to apply.

The deadline for applications is December 6, 2013.

For detailed information about the award and application instructions please see the ARLIS/NA website:

Past recipients of the award are listed at


Gerd Muehsam Award Sub-Committee:

Sarah Osborne Bender
Philip Dombowsky (Chair)
Elizabeth Ehrnst
Alan R. Michelson
Anna Simon
Marsha Taichman

Call for Applications: 2014 ARLIS/NA Wolfgang M. Freitag Internship Award

Please share with current students and recent graduates of graduate programs in library science, art history, architectural history, architecture, studio art or museum studies.

The Art Libraries Society of North America is now accepting applications for its annual Internship Award for 2014.

The ARLIS/NA Internship Award provides financial support for students preparing for a career in art librarianship or visual resources curatorship. The award grants $2,500.00 to the selected recipient to support a period of internship in an art library or visual resources collection.

The deadline for applications is October 31, 2013.

For detailed information about the award and application instructions please see the ARLIS/NA website:

Search Extended: National Museum of Women in the Arts Seeks Applicants for Paid Internship

The National Museum of Women in the Arts is extending our search for a year-long paid part-time internship for an archives student or recent graduate. Please see announcement below.

The Dettre Graduate Archival Internship is a part-time (20 hours) paid position to help support our Archives of Women Artists.

The recipient receives a $10,000 stipend over 12 months to put into practice what they have learned in their graduate program.

Under the direction and supervision of the Director of the Betty Boyd Dettre Library and Research Center, the Dettre Archival Intern is responsible for performing various tasks related to the National Museum of Women in the Arts Archives. The recipient of the internship will process records, assist in the inventory and appraisal of records, arrange and re-house records, and describe records using standardized procedures.

Candidates must be enrolled in, or a recent graduate of, an ALA-accredited library school or an accredited archives program. Ability to lift heavy boxes, demonstrated attention to detail, and familiarity with Microsoft Office software are required. Familiarity with principals of archival and records management, knowledge of art history and/or museum studies, and excellent communication skills, are preferred.

To apply, send your cover letter and resume in one document (PDF preferred) and unofficial transcript by October 6, 2013.  Applicants will be notified by email by November 1 as to their status.

Your cover letter must include the following:

  • Prior experience working with archival collections.
  • Relevant classes related to archives.
  • Background and interest in art and art history.
  • Name of one archival reference (professional or academic) and their contact information.

Please email your application to:

Heather Slania, Director of the Betty Boyd Dettre Library and Research Center, National Museum of Women in the Arts,

Dumbarton Oaks Symposium: The Botany of Empire in the Long Eighteenth Century

Durian FruitDumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection in Washington, D.C., is hosting an interdisciplinary symposium on “The Botany of Empire in the Long Eighteenth Century,” on 4-5 October 2013. The meeting will focus on international botanical explorations, exchanges, and publications in the period spanning the mid-seventeenth to the mid-nineteenth century. This era saw an increased traffic in specimens, taxonomic innovation, and heightened competition among imperial powers for new plant discoveries and applications. Economic botany, the art and science of botanical illustration, and the modes and means of botanical knowledge will be areas of study. Papers will explore developments in Europe, Russia, East Asia, Africa, North and South America.

The symposium coincides with the 50thanniversary of the Rare Book Room at Dumbarton Oaks, and will be accompanied by an exhibit of rare books and illustrations from the period.

Registration is now open and a full program is listed below. Should you or your colleagues be interested in attending, please find more information about the symposium, including the full program and paper abstracts, at:

To register for the symposium, please fill out this form: