ARLIS/NA Mid-Atlantic

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

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New Website

ARLIS/NA Mid-Atlantic has migrated its website to the new URL To become a member and keep up-to-date on ARLIS/NA Mid-Atlantic news and meetings, please visit our new website at

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2016 Chapter Election: Voting Now Open!

Please cast your vote for the 2016 chapter vice-chair. Voting will remain open until 5 pm, Tuesday, December 29th. The results will be announced Wednesday, December 30th.

Thank you to the chapter members who volunteered to run or considered running in this year’s election.

Thank You for Donating!

Thank you for helping our chapter successfully raise $1,032 for the 44th Annual ARLIS/NA Conference in Seattle, Washington! We exceeded our goal of raising $1,000 for the conference. All excess funds raised will go towards the Caroline Backlund Professional Development Travel Award.

We are still accepting donations for the Backlund Travel Award. Please  to submit a donation via PayPal.

Donations in the form of checks made payable to ARLIS/NA Mid-Atlantic can be sent to:

ARLIS/NA Mid-Atlantic
c/o Vada Komistra
National Gallery of Art
2000 B South Club Drive
Landover, MD 20785-3228

There is also an option to donate to the Backlund Travel Award when renewing your membership to ARLIS/NA Mid-Atlantic. Join or Renew your membership today!

All contributions are fully tax deductible and donors will receive a letter of acknowledgement.

Symposium at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, October 16-17

Register now for Shifting Terrain: Mapping a Transnational American Art History at the Smithsonian American Art Museum on October 16–17, 2015!

The increasing internationalization of the study of American art has altered the topography of the discipline in ways that are widely acknowledged but not yet clearly defined. This two-day event will map out the changes that are occurring in the field of American art as it becomes enmeshed in a global art history. Sessions will examine current trends of inquiry and suggest new directions for scholarship. Shifting Terrain is the capstone event in the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s five-part series The Terra Symposia on American Art in a Global Context, initiated in 2006 with support from the Terra Foundation for American Art. More information along with speakers’ bios can be found online at

Fall Meeting Preview: The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The ARLIS/NA Mid-Atlantic Chapter will hold its fall meeting in Philadelphia on October 16, 2015. Several Philadelphia-area members will be posting profiles about their libraries and collections — watch this space and mark your calendars.

Established in 1876, the University of the Arts is one of the nation’s only universities dedicated solely to educating students in the visual, design, and performing arts. Nearly 1,900 students are enrolled in more than 40 undergraduate and graduate programs, and are taught by almost 500 full- and part-time faculty members on the University’s campus on Broad Street, Philadelphia’s Avenue of the Arts.

The University of the Arts evolved from two century-old institutions: the Philadelphia College of Art (PCA) and Philadelphia College of the Performing Arts (PCPA).

PMSIA purchased 320 South Broad Street in 1893 and has occupied this historic building ever since.

PMSIA purchased 320 South Broad Street in 1893.

PCA was established in 1876 as part of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Together, they were originally known as the Pennsylvania Museum and School of Industrial Art (PMSIA), created in response to the growing interest in art and design education stirred by the country’s Centennial Exposition. In 1949, PCA changed its name to the Philadelphia Museum School of Art, reflecting expanded programs that trained artists in a variety of areas. The school received accreditation 1959, and in 1964 it separated from the Museum to become the Philadelphia College of Art.

The University today.

The University today.

The performing arts programs of the University of the Arts date back to 1870, when three graduates of Germany’s Leipzig Conservatory opened the Philadelphia Musical Academy, one of the first European-style conservatories of music in America. The Academy became an independent college of music in 1950, one of only eight institutions in the nation to offer four-year Bachelor of Music degrees. The school changed its name to the Philadelphia College of the Performing Arts (PCPA) in 1976. One year later, the Philadelphia Dance Academy (founded 1944) became part of PCPA and in 1983 the School of Theater was created, achieving the college’s ideal combination of dance, music and theater arts.

The Philadelphia Musical Academy, 1890 catalog cover.

The Philadelphia Musical Academy, 1890 catalog cover.

In 1985, PCA and PCPA merged to become the Philadelphia Colleges of the Arts. The granting of university status in 1987 brought about one more change, and the University of the Arts became the largest institution of its kind in the nation, offering programs in design, fine arts, media arts, crafts, music, dance and theater.

University Libraries

Supporting the mission of The University of the Arts, the University Libraries educates and inspires students to be effective researchers and critical users of information, and to apply those skills to their artistic, creative, and lifelong endeavors.

The Albert M. Greenfield Library, Music Library, and Visual Resources Collection comprise the University Libraries. The Albert M. Greenfield Library serves as the main library for the campus and contains materials in many formats on art and design, communication, dance, theater, film and television, multimedia, liberal arts, and other general subjects. The Greenfield Library houses the Libraries’ administrative offices, as well as the University Archives. The Archives contains materials documenting the University’s activities and history.

Albert M. Greenfield Library interior.

Albert M. Greenfield Library interior.

Left: UArts Greenfield Library entrance. Right: A student in the UArts Music Library.

Visual Resources and Special Collections (VRSC) provides image resources for teaching and study, and houses the Libraries’ Special Collections, with particular strengths in book arts and textiles, and also contains select collections of alumni work. The visual resources collections are made up of digital images and pictures of a variety of subjects with a focus on reproductions of artwork.

The Music Library, located in the Merriam Theater Building, is a specialized library serving academic programs and interests in music and musical theater. The Music Library contains listening facilities for recorded sound in addition to general reading areas and a music education resource area.

UArts Music Library social media photo.

UArts Music Library social media photo.

An institutional repository, UArts Digital Collections, is being developed to provide digital access to the University’s creative and scholarly output, and archival documents. The growing collections represent the history of the University of the Arts as well as the artistic and creative output of its students, faculty, and alumni.

The Libraries’ instructional program is supported by five librarians who also serve as liaisons to academic programs. The librarians provide in-class instruction as well as one-on-one and group sessions in the libraries. An online chat service accessible on the Libraries homepage is available for reference and other general questions.

Professor Harris Fogel's photography students with library books they selected.

Professor Harris Fogel’s photography students with library books they selected.

The University Libraries holdings include more than 129,000 books and bound periodicals, 19,000 music scores, 114,000 mounted and encapsulated pictures, 20,000 digital images, 21,000 items of recorded music in LP and CD formats, and 4,000 video materials in videocassette and DVD formats. Listening and viewing facilities, Internet and campus wireless access, and networked photocopiers for copying and scanning are available in addition to general reading facilities. The Libraries subscribe to more than 50 electronic reference tools both general and specific to the arts, including an ebook collection holding more than 120,000 multidisciplinary titles, as well as online periodical databases, encyclopedias, and streaming audio and video databases. The library maintains reciprocal use agreements with other nearby academic libraries.


News about services and collections can be found on the Libraries homepage and on the UArts Libraries Facebook page.

Vacancy Announcement: National Gallery of Art Library

The National Gallery of Art Library is seeking applicants for a student assistant position in the Reader Services Department.

Library Technician (Vertical Files/Non-Print Materials)

The primary purpose of the position is to assist with the maintenance, development, and consultation of the vertical files and non-print collections.

Duties include preparing newly acquired materials for the vertical files and non-print collections, preparing bibliographic records using an online catalog, and assisting with the organization and use of both collections by Gallery staff and outside readers.

Knowledge and Skills:
Applicants should have a basic knowledge of library collections and online catalogs, familiarity with using personal computers, an ability to type and file accurately, and an ability to work cooperatively with other staff members and library patrons. Reading knowledge of a Western European language (French, German, or Italian) is desirable.

In order to qualify for this position, applicants must be registered at least as a half-time student, and be able to provide certification of student status, including a current class schedule. Work schedules will be determined to accommodate the student’s class schedule and the Library’s work requirements. The position is limited to 20 hours per week while classes are in session; full-time employment is available during semester and summer breaks. The incumbent earns sick and annual leave based on the amount of hours worked.

Interested applicants should send résumés and any inquiries by email to:

Lamia Doumato, Head of Reader Services
National Gallery of Art Library

MCN – ARLIS/NA Panel Call for Papers – DUE TOMORROW!


As part of our work to promote ARLIS/NA and reach out to colleagues across disciplines we have been working with MCN (the Museum Computer Network) to put together an ARLIS/NA panel at their upcoming conference.

MCN is really excited to have proposals for an ARLIS/NA panel and specifically for talks from ARLIS/NA members that address the conference theme “The Invisible Architectures of Connected Museums”  from their own unique perspective.

Proposals are due SOON, this Thursday, April 30.

Here is a link to the call for proposals, and please do not hesitate to let me know if you have any questions.



President, ARLIS/NA

VOTE for the ARLIS/NA Mid-Atlantic Chapter’s New Website Theme!

With our chapter’s new name change from ARLIS/DMV to ARLIS/NA Mid-Atlantic, we thought our website could use an update, too.

There are four WordPress theme choices to choose from: Hemingway, Oxygen, Expound, and Spacious. To help aid in your decision, please view the following theme preview images below. Click the images to see them full-size on your screen.

VOTE HERE. Please submit your vote by 5:00 pm on Thursday, October 16.

*Note: If you have trouble using the Google form to vote, try using Google Chrome for your browser. If you are still experiencing difficulties, please email your vote to Tessa Brawley Barker at by 5:00 pm on October 16.


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Russian Sacred Arts Gallery: A New Space Opening October 1 at Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens

October 1, 2014, 5:30 to 8:00 pm

Enter a peaceful new gallery dedicated to sacred Russian Orthodox objects.

Join curator Dr. Scott Ruby as he discusses the development of the new gallery and traces the history of the Eastern Orthodox Church and Russia, how icons are used at churches and in homes, and religion in the former Soviet Union. Before the lecture you can be among the first to see the new gallery, which features rarely seen icons, liturgical vessels and vestments.

Chapter members are cordially invited to attend the opening and lecture with the Hillwood library’s compliments.

Please RSVP directly to:

Kristen Regina
Head of Archives & Special Collections

Call to Action: Save the University of Maryland Art and Architecture Libraries

Forwarded message from Nicole Joy Riesenberger, PhD Candidate, Art History and Archaeology Department, University of Maryland 


As many of you know, the University of Maryland’s Art Library has been scheduled to close and be absorbed into McKeldin Library following this academic year. The Dean of Libraries, Patricia Steele, announced this decision during the summer without consulting any of the faculty or students whose work relies on the Art Library’s accessible collection. At more than 100,000 volumes, the Art Library houses one of the most comprehensive collections of art historical resources in the area.

While the library remains open this year, the hours have been substantially reduced to Monday – Friday, 11.00 am – 4.00 pm, with limited staffing. As many of the graduate students and faculty are in class during these hours, it will be very difficult for us to access the resources we need to conduct research during this academic year.

At the same time that the Art Library closure was announced, the Architecture Library was scheduled to close prior to the beginning of the fall semester. In part through an impressive petition and letter-writing campaign, the School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation has managed to at least provisionally halt the closure of their library and to establish an advisory committee to determine a sustainable plan for its future. Please also show your support for the Architecture Library and consider signing their petition (see step 1 below).

The graduate students in the Department of Art History & Archaeology have begun a similar campaign to save our library. Please find links to the petitions below, and a general letter to Dean Patricia Steele attached to this message, which you may use as a starting point for your own personalized letter.

Here are the steps you can take to help save the Art Library:

1) Sign the petitions:

Art Library:

Architecture Library:

2) Send an email message to Dr. Patricia A. Steele, Dean of Libraries (; CC both the Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities, Dr. Bonnie Thornton Dill ( and the President of the University of Maryland, Dr. Wallace D. Loh (

Please also BCC Dr. Meredith Gill, Chair of the Department of Art History and Archeology ( on emails so that she can keep track of those who have contributed to our campaign .

3) Send hard copies of your letter to:

Dr. Patricia A. Steele, Dean of Libraries, 6131 McKeldin Library , University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742-7011

Dr. Bonnie Thornton Dill, Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities,1102 Francis Scott Key Hall, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742-7311

Dr. Wallace D. Loh, President, 1101 Main Administration Building, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742-6105

4) Attend the meeting with the Dean of Libraries Patricia Steele to discuss the future of the art library and show your support for saving the art library. The meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, October 15th (sometime between 1:15-4:15pm) in the Special Events Room of McKeldin Library.

Please email Dr. Meredith Gill ( if you have any questions. Thank you for helping us to publicize this campaign, and thank you for helping to save the Art Library!