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!

ARLIS/NA New England Chapter Spring Meeting: Save the Date!



When: Friday, May 8 (various activities throughout the day from 9:30 am – 5 pm, please join us for some or all)

Where: Lowell, MA

What: we’ll be visiting and touring the Pollard Memorial Library and the American Textile History Museum

More details forthcoming. Lowell is a charming city with a vibrant arts scene, and we hope you’ll join us!

Welcome to 2015 with ARLIS/NA New England!

Hello, ARLIS New England!

First, an introduction: I’m Ashley Peterson, the current President of the ARLIS/NA New England Chapter. I took the reins from Gabrielle Reed on January 1, and will be serving through the end of 2015. The other Board officers and I are excited about the year ahead! Read on to see what’s in store…

Membership Renewal: First and foremost, make sure your ARLIS/NA New England membership is up-to-date! You can renew here. Please note that you can join at either the Member or Associate level—see our website for more information.

Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon: If you’re not familiar with the Art + Feminism Wikipedia campaign, check it out! MassArt will be hosting an editing event on March 7 from 11 am-5 pm. If you’re interested in participating, get in touch with Gabrielle Reed at

National Conference: If you’ll be in Fort Worth this March, come join your fellow New England Chapter members for a meeting on Sunday, March 22 at 9:30 am in Sundance 3.

Spring and Fall Meetings: Dates and locations TBD. As always, you can expect to catch up with colleagues and visit institutions doing creative, cutting-edge work in arts librarianship and cultural heritage.

Art Documentation Twitter Chats: We will be facilitating Twitter conversations about the spring and fall Art Documentation publications. Join us to discuss what you find interesting from the issues!

Informal Meet-Ups: Grab some drinks and see some art with your ARLIS/NA New England colleagues. We’ll be gathering in Boston a few times this year; keep an eye out for official announcements.

Resume Workshop with VRA and SLA New England Chapters: ARLIS/NA NE will be will be reaching out and coordinating with VRA and SLA for an arts librarianship/visual resources/cultural heritage resume workshop at Simmons this fall. If you’re a new professional or just need to polish your resume, stay tuned and stop by!

Fall Webinar: the Board will be facilitating a webinar about arts librarianship/visual resources careers. More information to come.

I look forward to seeing and meeting you all throughout the year. If you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch!

Ashley Peterson
President, ARLIS/NA New England Chapter
SMFA Librarian
School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston | 617-369-3653

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