ARLIS/NA Mid-Atlantic

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

Category: Professional Development (page 2 of 2)

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.

Mentors needed for ‘Speed Mentoring’ program

Would you be interested in providing mentorship for one evening to a group of new and transitioning library professionals?

A joint committee of District of Columbia Library Association (DCLA), District of Columbia Special Libraries Association (DC/SLA), and Federal Library and Information Center Committee (FLICC) members organizing a Speed Mentoring program on May 25. We are seeking library leaders, transitioning professionals, or new librarians who have just cracked the job market to share their experiences.

Registered mentees have indicated an express interest in careers in the arts. Whether you are in museums, academics, independent consulting, archives, or the vendor business, please consider participating.

If you are not familiar with the concept, speed mentoring is based on the formula of speed dating. The idea is to create a low-stress and fun way for new and transitioning librarians to make connections with experienced members of the profession. In the course of the evening you will meet with 6 mentees for 15 minutes each. Mentees may seek resume or cover letter guidance, want advice on career goals, or may just want to chat about the profession. Like dating, the connections you make might lead to beautiful relationships!

Event details:

Place and time: Jenner & Block, Wednesday, May 25th Registration from 5:45 to 6:15; informal networking and refreshments from 5:45 – 6:20; introduction from 6:20 – 6:30, including a few words from financial sponsor TRAK library recruiting; speed mentoring 6:30 – 8:00. Mentors will have 6 time slots of 15 minutes each (including “switch time”) available during the evening.

Please let me know by Monday, May 16 if you would like to participate. I’d be happy to further discuss the logistics.


Jacqueline L. Protka
Digital Assets and Media Librarian
Corcoran Library, Corcoran Gallery/College of Art + Design

Speed Mentoring for New Information Professionals

The District of Columbia Library Association (DCLA), DC Special Libraries Association (DC/SLA), the Federal and Armed Forces Libraries (FAFLRT) and the Federal Library and Information Centers Committee (FLICC) Human Resources Working Group invite new and transitioning professionals to a Speed Mentoring event, Wednesday, May 25th.

Space is limited. We will confirm your registration within 24 hours, and you will be sent information for payment through PayPal or by check at that time. Cost is $10 for students and unemployed or retired members of DCLA; $15 for members of DCLA; $20 for non-members.

Modeled on speed dating, speed mentoring is a low-stress, fun way to make connections with leaders in the profession and explore career directions. Over the course of the evening, you will have the opportunity to meet with up to six mentors for one-on-one, 10 minute conversations, in which you can showcase and get feedback on your skills and qualifications, ask for career advice, or learn more about a mentor’s field of practice.

Join us at Jenner & Block, 1099 New York Ave NW. Sign-in opens at 5:45; networking and refreshments start at 6:00; speed mentoring begins at 6:30. Closest Metro station is Metro Center (Red, Blue, Orange lines).

Contact DCLA New Librarians Interest Group Chair Jacqueline Protka with questions,

DMVers in Minneapolis

Here’s what some of our local colleagues will be up to in Minneapolis for the VRA-ARLIS 2011 Conference:


Growing New Professionals through Mentorship: A Two Way Street – Jacqueline Protka, Corcoran College of Art and Design (Speaker)

Images Unleashed: Expanding Beyond Traditional Disciplines – Yuki Hibben, Virginia Commonwealth University (Organizer)


How do we Shelve It? The Place for Vendor Provided Electronic Titles in Art and Architecture Collections – Shalimar Fojas White, Dumbarton Oaks  (Moderator)


Poster Session: Collaboration in Developing a Book Art Genre Index – Mary Anne Dyer & Yuki Hibben, Virginia Commonwealth University

Be sure to check out all of the great programming here.

Will you be attending VRA + ARLIS 2010? Please let us know in the comments! We’d love to know if you are presenting, moderating, organizing, volunteering, serving on a committee, or just attending to soak it all in.

Caroline Backlund Award Recipient

It is a pleasure to announce that Emily J. Hunter is the 2011 winner of the ARLIS DC-MD-VA Chapter’s Caroline Backlund Professional Development Award. The Backlund Award provides a stipend for attendance at the annual conference.

Emily is a student in the MLS program at the University of Maryland, and she is our Chapter’s web manager. She will be participating in the conference as a volunteer, so please seek her out at the registration and hospitality desks, and at the silent auction. Also, look for her at ArLiSNAP gatherings!

Emily will share her conference experiences through a five-part blog post that will include descriptions, insights, anecdotes, and photographs.

Please join me in congratulating Emily Hunter.

-Sally Stokes
Caroline Backlund Professional Development Award Committee

Study Day for Russian Silver

Study Day: Russian Silver in America: Surviving the Melting Pot
Saturday, February 26, 10am-4pm

Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens

Hillwood’s curator emeritus Anne Odom’s new volume, Russian Silver in America: Surviving the Melting Pot, surveys Russian silver production, its changing forms, styles, imagery and techniques over more than 250 years and its impact on American collectors. This study day draws on research into the collections at Hillwood, The Walters Art Museum, The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Explore this topic with Odom, Scott Ruby, curator of Russian and Eastern European art at Hillwood, Bill Johnston, senior curator of 18th- and 19th-century art at The Walters Art Museum, Wolfram Koppe curator of European decorative arts at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Géza Von Habsburg, curator of Fabergé at the Virginia Museum of Fine Art and investigate the special display of Russian silver in the Mansion.

$65, $40 Member

For more information or reservations, please call 202.686.8507

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