ARLIS/NA Mid-Atlantic
Caroline Backlund Professional Development Award
Deadline: January 15 (of the year of the conference)

Each year, ARLIS/NA Mid-Atlantic presents a professional development award of $500.00 to a chapter member to attend the Annual ARLIS/NA Conference. This award, named for its generous benefactor, long-time ARLIS/NA member Caroline Backlund, is intended to help members of the Mid-Atlantic chapter become more involved in ARLIS/NA at the national level. It is maintained through donations from chapter members. The chapter invites contributions in any amount, year-round.

An award applicant must have been a member of ARLIS/NA for the preceding calendar year, and must be a current, dues-paying member of ARLIS/NA Mid-Atlantic and ARLIS/NA. All ARLIS/NA Mid-Atlantic members who meet these criteria are eligible for the award. Applications are especially encouraged from those who do not have institutional funding; have never attended the national conference; will be participating in the conference as speakers or moderators; and/or serve in leadership positions in ARLIS/NA committees, divisions, and special interest groups.

The winner must submit a brief written report to the chapter’s Caroline Backlund Award Committee after the conference, and is encouraged to make a report to the chapter membership at a chapter meeting and/or through a posting on the chapter web site.

Application

Applying is quick and easy. Each applicant for the award should submit:

  1. a letter of 250–500 words describing his or her specific role in the conference (if applicable), the benefits anticipated from conference attendance, and a description of all travel funding expected from the applicant’s institution or other sources
  2. a current résumé or CV, not to exceed two pages

Please submit applications for the Caroline Backlund Professional Development Award to the Committee Chair, Sally Sims Stokes, at stokessally@yahoo.com on or before January 15th. To help ensure receipt, please also cc sallystokes@comcast.net.

Good luck to all applicants!

Recipients

  • 2015 Megan Halsband, Reference Librarian, Library of Congress
  • 2014 Daniel Moore, Training and Library Solutions Coordinator, Atlas Systems
  • 2013 Eden Orelove, Student Library Technician, National Gallery of Art
  • 2012 Heather Slania, Director, Library and Research Center, National Museum of Women in the Arts
  • 2011 Emily Hunter, MLS student, University of Maryland
  • 2010 Kristina Keogh, Reference Librarian for the Arts, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • 2009 Stephanie Moye, Serials Librarian, Smithsonian Institution Libraries, American Art/Portrait Gallery Branch Library
  • 2008 Rebecca Cooper, Manager of Reader Services, Society of the Cincinnati, Washington D.C.
  • 2007 Anne H. Simmons, Assistant Librarian, Library and Research Center, National Museum of Women in the Arts
  • 2006 Kathy Woodrell, Reference Specialist, Decorative Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Division, Library of Congress
  • 2005 Lucie Stylianopoulos, Information Services Librarian, Fiske Kimball Fine Arts Library, University of Virginia
  • 2004 Phyllis Graham, Librarian, American School of Classical Studies in Athens, Greece
  • 2003 Heather Ball, Art and Architecture Librarian, Art and Architecute Library, Virginia Tech