ARLIS/NA Mid-Atlantic

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

Category: Professional Development (page 1 of 2)

ARLIS/NA Mid-Atlantic Seeking Nominations for the 2016 Vice-Chair

Thomas Edison

“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”
-attributed to Thomas A. Edison

ARLIS/NA Mid-Atlantic is seeking nominations for the 2016 Vice-Chair. Seize this opportunity to serve your Association and develop your leadership skills.

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 the following year.

The Chair acts as chief executive officer of the Chapter. With the assistance of the Vice-Chair and Treasurer, the Chair plans the activities of the Chapter, communicates about meetings, serves as chair of all special project committees, submits the annual report and otherwise liaises with officers and committees of the national association, and shall automatically become the Immediate Past Chair in the following year.

The Vice-Chair must be a 2016 member of the local and national chapters. The elected officer should make every effort to attend the national annual conference. Students are eligible to serve, keeping in mind the three year term of service.

If you have someone you’d like to nominate or would like to volunteer, please email Jacqueline Protka, Chapter Chair, at

Official ballots will available in late November/early December.

Smithsonian Libraries: Opportunities for Research 2016-2017

The Smithsonian Libraries, situated at the center of the world’s largest museum complex, is a vital part of the research, exhibition, and educational enterprise of the Institution. The Libraries offers exceptional research resources ranging from 13th-century manuscripts to electronic journals. We are happy to offer the following fellowship opportunities for the 2016-2017 academic year.

The Baird Society Resident Scholar Program: $3,500 per month for up to six months to support scholarly research in the Special Collections of the Smithsonian Libraries in Washington, D.C. and New York, NY, in an extensive range of subject areas. Doctoral students and post-doctoral scholars are welcome to apply. Collections include printed materials on world’s fairs; manufacturer’s commercial trade catalogs from the 19th and 20th centuries; natural history rare books (pre-1840 works on topics such as botany, zoology, travel & exploration, museums & collecting, geology, and anthropology); air and space history (late 18th to early 20th centuries); James Smithson’s library; rare materials in European and American decorative arts, architecture, and design (18th to 20th centuries); and history of art and artists (exhibition catalogs, catalogues raisonnés, serials, dissertations and artists’ ephemera).

The Dibner Library Resident Scholar Program: $3,500 per month for up to six months for individuals working on a topic relating to the history of science and technology who can make substantial use of the Dibner Library’s Special Collections in Washington, D.C. Doctoral students and post-doctoral scholars are welcome to apply. The Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology has manuscripts and rare books dating primarily from the 15th to the 19th centuries. Collection strengths are in the fields of mathematics, astronomy, classical natural philosophy, theoretical physics (up to the early 20th century), experimental physics (especially electricity and magnetism), engineering technology (from the Renaissance to the late nineteenth century), and scientific apparatus and instruments.

The Margaret Henry Dabney Penick Resident Scholar Program: $45,000 for nine consecutive months to support scholarly research into the legacy of Patrick Henry and his political circle, the early political history of Virginia, the history of the American Revolution, founding era ideas and policy-making, as well as science, technology, and culture in colonial America and the Early National Period. Available to post-doctoral scholars only. Senior scholars are particularly encouraged to apply.

The deadline for all programs is January 15, 2016 for appointments between September 1, 2016 and August 31, 2017. Fellowship recipients are expected to be in residence during their appointments. For further information about the Smithsonian Libraries’ Resident Scholar Programs listed above, including application information, please visit our web site:

Archives of American Art Symposium on American Art History and Digital Scholarship

Please join us on November 15, 2013 for the symposium American Art History and Digital Scholarship: New Avenues for Exploration organized by the Archives of American Art and generously supported by the Terra Foundation for American Art. The purpose of the symposium is to convene scholars, curators, archivists, librarians, graduate students, technical experts, and the public to consider American art history in a digital world.  We will examine ways to integrate digital tools and/or resources into the study of American art and to encourage collaboration.

To register online or see the day’s schedule, see our website.

~Bettina C. Smith, Librarian, Digital Projects, Archives of American Art

Call for Mentees — ARLIS DC-MD-VA Mentoring Program — Deadline September 13, 2013

This is a call for mentees to participate in the newly established Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS) DC-MD-VA chapter mentoring program.  We welcome applications from students or young professionals interested in learning more about working as an arts information professional.  If interested, please submit the following information by 9/13/13 to Eden Orelove at with the subject heading ARLIS mentee application:

  1. Contact information, including name and email
  2. Current program of study/work
  3. What specific tasks and areas of arts librarianship you are interested in (i.e. museum, academic, reference, collection development, etc.)
  4. Please provide a short (1-2 paragraphs) response as to why you want to participate in this mentoring program and what you hope to get out of it.

If selected, you will be matched with a professional art librarian in the DC metro area.  The program will be designed by you and your mentor – you will decide the amount of time and effort that you both want to commit to the relationship and how to best communicate.  There are currently mentors signed up who work at locations including the National Gallery of Art, the Smithsonian Libraries, and the Library of Congress, among others.  This is a great opportunity for aspiring or new art librarians, so sign up today!

Report from the 2013 Caroline Backlund Travel Award Winner

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

Call for Mentors: ARLIS DC-MD-VA Chapter Mentoring Program

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

  1. Your title and agency where you work (if applicable)
  2. Contact information
  3. Major settings/areas/tasks of the art information profession you are interested in/knowledgeable about (i.e. museums, academic, reference, collection development, archives, etc.)
  4. 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

Reflections of Toronto

Now that we’re in the heat of the summer, I find myself looking fondly on my experiences at the 2012’s ARLIS/NA Conference in Toronto. I was immeasurably pleased to be chosen as the Caroline Backlund Travel Award winner for this conference and am excited to share my experiences with those reading this blog post. At first I chastised myself for not writing immediately after the conference. However, as I look back on what transpired in Toronto, I realized how much the rest of my year has been influenced by this spectacular conference—a perspective I would not have had if I had written this in April.

The first day at the conference for me was all about having fun. Text messages trickled in as far-flung librarian friends arrived in Toronto. Before meeting up with some of them for dinner, I visited the Bata Shoe Museum with ARLIS-DMV officers Sarah Osborne Bender and Anne Simmons. Of particular interest to us was the architecture of the building and the exhibit on the Roaring 20s—those art deco shoes are just spectacular. Afterwards I traveled to the Windsor Arms for a fancy dinner with ARLIS/NA members from Texas, Indiana, and Florida. My, how ARLIS brings people together! The food was exquisite, but the company was even better.

Bright and early the following day I attended the mentoring program workshop. This is the second time I have attended this workshop, although my first acting as a mentor. We watched a DVD of mentoring expert Margaret Law who informs us about key aspects of the mentoring relationship. In between the DVD segments we had breakout sessions to perform different exercises to get us in the mentoring mood. I spoke to my mentee, Kai Alexis Smith from Pratt, before the conference but it was good to finally meet her in person that morning. I highly recommend joining the mentorship program as both mentor and mentee—there is always something new to learn. We even have a virtual mentoring program that is open for any ARLIS/NA member. Did I mention that I joined the Mentoring Subcommittee of the Professional Development Committee this year? Go mentoring! Continue reading

2012 Backlund Award Recipient Announced

It is a pleasure to announce that Heather Slania is the 2012 recipient of the ARLIS DC-MD-VA Chapter’s Caroline Backlund Professional Development Award. The Backlund Award provides a stipend for attendance at the annual ARLIS/NA conference.

Heather is the Director of the Library and Research Center at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C. This will be her first year presenting at the conference. She will be a New Voices in the Profession panelist, and will be session moderator for The Changing Landscape for Museum Libraries and Librarians.

Please join me in congratulating Heather Slania.

Sally Stokes
Caroline Backlund Professional Development Award Committee

Study trip for German librarians to visit D.C.

Dear Colleagues,

I am writing on behalf of the ARLIS/NA International Relations committee, which is in the process of organizing a study trip for librarians from Germany to visit New York and New Haven after the ARLIS/NA conference in Toronto (April 14-21, 2012). This reciprocates the study trip organized and partially sponsored by German librarians in their country for US librarians in 2009. Five members of the group will continue onto Washington, DC to visit additional libraries from April 23-25, 2012. Kristen Regina and I are the local contacts for the DC part of the trip. Continue reading

Caroline Backlund Award – Applications due 2/3/12

ARLIS/DC-Maryland-Virginia Chapter
2012 Caroline Backlund Professional Development Award

Deadline Feb. 3, 2012

ARLIS/DC-MD-VA will present a professional development award of $500.00 to a chapter member to attend the 40th Annual ARLIS/NA Conference to be held this year in Toronto, March 29–April 2, 2012.  This award is intended to help members become more involved in ARLIS/NA at the national level.

For more information on eligibility and application process visit:

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