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You are invited to attend the ARLIS/NA New England Informal Summer Gathering!

Summer 2015 Gathering

You are invited to attend the ARLIS/NA New England Informal Summer Gathering!

Friday, August 14th at 5pm

Meet at the NEW! Lesley University John and Carol Moriarty Library, formerly the Art Institute of Boston Library

1801 Massachusetts Avenue

Cambridge, MA 02140

Please RSVP by Monday. August 10th!

This spring semester marked the opening of Lesley University’s Lunder Arts Center and historically restored Cambridge North Prospect church. Now home to Lesley’s Art and Design Library, Carrie, Raye, and Kate have invited the Chapter for an informal gathering to see their new library. Afterward we’ll head over to Christopher’s for dinner and drinks. We’ll have tables reserved. To learn more about the historic North Prospect Church visit:

The gathering will be in two parts:

1) 5p-5:45p: Everyone meets at the Moriarty Library and view the new facility.  

2) 5:45p-Whenever!: Take a quick walk to Christopher’s for dinner and drinks.

Directions to the John and Carol Moriarty Library once at the Lunder Arts Center:
1. Enter through the Lunder Arts Center main entrance – 1801 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02140
2. Take a right into the historical church just past the security desk
3. Library entrance will be on your right!

Paid parking is available on a first come, first serve hourly basis on the Porter Square campus behind University Hall, Alternatively, there is on-street metered parking on Massachusetts Avenue.  Please contact Kate Thornhill, 617-349-8073 or, if you have any questions.

ARLIS/NA NE in Lowell

On Friday, May 8, the ARLIS/NA New England Chapter held our spring meeting in Lowell, MA. It was a blast!

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The Lowell swamp locks. Image courtesy of


We kicked things off with a business meeting, where we discussed upcoming ARLIS/NA NE events (including our Art Documentation Twitter chat, coming soon on May 26!) and shared institutional news.

We then met with Sean Thibodeau, Coordinator of Community Planning at the Pollard Memorial Library. Sean gave a wonderful and informative presentation about Lowell’s history and how it has transformed into a hub for artists and others in creative professions.

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Sean’s presentation.


Sean then gave us a tour of the absolutely gorgeous Pollard building. Words can’t do it justice, so please enjoy this slide show:



After lunch (shoutout to Fuse Bistro!) we visited the American Textile History Museum, where Librarian Jane Ward spoke about the museum’s history and shared some amazing items from their archive including letters from mill workers, 19th century time cards, and a teeny tiny pair of pants (you had to be there). We also met with Todd Smith, Director of Institutional Advancement, and learned more about how the museum supports historical research.



Thank you to Sean, Jane, Todd, and everyone who joined us in Lowell!

#arlisnechat on Twitter this May! Join Us!


Join ARLIS/NA New England for #arlisnechat!
Tuesday, May 26th 7-8pm EST

Are you interested in discussing trends in Art Librarianship? Join ARLIS/NA New England for Twitter chats beginning this May! All art information professionals and students are encouraged to participate!

Stay tuned for updates about the event and learn more about chat topics, guidelines, and how-to use Twitter at Twitter Chat: #arlisnechat!



RSVP for the 2015 Spring Meeting

The Board is excited to announce the agenda for our Spring Meeting, coming up soon on Friday, May 8 in Lowell, MA. Please feel free to join us for some or all of the day’s events!


Please use this form and let us know whether you plan to attend. You can also use the form to arrange carpooling or share any news or announcements that we will bring to the business meeting, in the event that you cannot attend.


Pollard Memorial Library, 9:30 am – 12 pm

  • 9:30 am – 10 am: check-in, coffee, and light breakfast in the library’s meeting room
  • 10 am – 11:00 am: ARLIS/NA NE business meeting in the meeting room
  • 11:15 am -12 pm: tour of the Pollard with Sean Thibodeau, Coordinator of Community Planning and a chance to view selections from the Library’s John James Audubon print collections, currently on display

Lunch on your own in downtown Lowell, 12 pm – 2 pm

  • If this is your first time in Lowell, we will provide a list of recommendations

American Textile History Museum, 2 pm – 5 pm

  • 2 pm: meet at the ATHM
  • 2: 15 – 3:15 pm: behind-the-scenes tour with Jane Ward, ATHM Librarian
  • 3:15 pm – 5 pm: feel free to wander the museum exhibitions, further explore downtown Lowell, or take off and start your weekend

Please note that while there is no overall cost for this meeting, attendees are expected to cover their own admission charge for the ATHM tour.

The Chapter will cover admission for Student and Unemployed members; please contact Board Treasurer Emily Weirich ( if you qualify.

Directions and Parking

Lowell is accessible by the MBTA commuter rail, on the Lowell Line. The commuter rail stop is about a mile’s walk from the Pollard Memorial Library, and about a half-mile’s walk from the ATHM. The Pollard and the ATHM are less than a half-mile apart from one another.

If you choose to drive, there are several parking options:

  • The Leo A. Roy Garage: located less than a half-mile from both the Pollard and the ATHM, recommended if you’re joining us for the entire day
  • The Ayotte Garage: located less than a half-mile from the Pollard Memorial Library, recommended if you’re only attending this portion of the day
  • The Edward Early, Jr. Garage: located about a half-mile from the ATHM, recommended if you’re only attending this portion of the day
  • Metered street parking
  • For more information, check out the City of Lowell Parking and Garages page


We are very excited to explore Lowell and its wonderful cultural offerings. We hope you’ll join us!

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