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Submit your application for chapter awards!

Now accepting applications for the 2022 ARLIS/NA conference attendance award AND the 2022 student Elmar W. Seibel Scholarship.

The 50th annual ARLIS/NA conference will be held in person April 5-9, 2022 in Chicago. And while the conference is well on its way to getting “back to normal” the same cannot be said for everyone’s travel budgets. Let the New England chapter help defray the costs of attending the conference. To be considered for the $1000 award please see eligibility requirements and complete the application form by February 28th EXTENDED to March 14th and now open to new members as well!


Students of New England! Please consider applying for the Elmar W. Seibel Scholarship. This $500 award is open to students enrolled in New England library and information science programs with an interest in art librarianship, visual resources, or cultural heritage. Additional details can be found here, application deadline is April 29th.

Note: in response to the pandemic, we are expanding the criteria to include those either currently living in New England while enrolled or accepted into an ALA-accredited school of library and information science or those temporarily living elsewhere but currently enrolled or accepted into an accredited LIS program in New England.

We welcome applications from students whose identity, experiences, scholarship, and/or service have prepared them to contribute to diversity, equity, and inclusion in our Chapter and the profession.

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Call for Nominations: Chapter Officers for ARLIS/NA New England

ARLIS/NA New England is seeking nominations (including self-nominations) for two officers on the Chapter’s Executive Committee to begin in January 2022. Open positions are Vice-Chair/Chair/Past Chair and Treasurer.

  • Vice-Chair/Chair/Past Chair (3 years)This position is a 3 year commitment, with the first year as Vice-Chair assisting the Chair, filling in if the Chair is unable to serve, and assisting with general functions of the committee. The second year, this person will serve as Chair, acting as chief executive officer of the Chapter, planning its activities, and drafting annual reports. In the third year, as Past Chair, they will serve in an advisory role and assist with general functions of the committee. 
  • Treasurer (2 years)This position is responsible for all financial accounts for the Chapter and membership records.   

To qualify for Executive Committee positions, one must be a current member of both ARLIS/NA and the New England Chapter. In response to the current circumstances and in the hopes of encouraging greater participation, if any member is currently unemployed and elected to the executive committee, the Chapter will waive their Chapter dues and sponsor their 2022 ARLIS/NA membership with the possibility of continuing this in 2023. We’re grateful to our colleagues in the New York Chapter for this idea.

Nominations (including self-nominations) are due by October 30, 2021 to arlisna.newengland@gmail.com

2021 Fall Chapter Meeting (hybrid) Oct.21-22

We are trying something new! This year’s fall meeting will be hybrid and split over two days. The fall chapter business meeting will be fully virtual on Thursday, October 21st with an in person meet up in Amherst/Northampton on Friday October 22nd for those who feel comfortable traveling.

Virtual business meeting agenda and registration link

REGISTER HERE: https://harvard.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAtd-CvqDgqG9Z_tUe9Ffp3XyDXYnYofcU-

10 – 11 am: Business Meeting (see agenda)

11:15 am – noon: Presentation from Five College Museum Collections Management Commons (MCMC) Project Manager, Erin Richardson, and Data Specialist, Carrie Evans. 

Erin and Carrie will speak about the exciting work they are doing to help the Five Colleges and Historic Deerfield plan to migrate data from its current museum database MimsyXG and public portal (museums.fivecolleges.edu) to a new one with improved data consistency, interoperability across platforms, and reduced bias in subject headings. There will be time for Q&A at the end.

Friday in person meet up

10:30-11:30 am:   Tours of the Yiddish Book Center (meet at the Yiddish Book Center entrance at 10:30).   Note there is plenty of parking at the Book Center (the YBC has waived the admission fee for our group but donations are welcome)

11:30- 1 pm:  Lunch right across the road at Atkins Farms  (there are lots of outdoor picnic tables in addition to indoor seating, so if the weather’s nice, we can eat outside

1:00-2:00 pm:   Tours of the Eric Carle Museum (right across from Atkins)

2:00 pm– head over to Smith College Botanical gardens if you’d like to tour on your own! (a 20 minute drive).    ($2 suggested admission)

If you plan to join us, you need to do two things – ASAP!:

1.  Please R.S.V.P. to chapter president Rachel Beckwith (rbeckwith [at] hampshire [dot] edu) if you plan to come so that we can have a list of names for our group for each museum.   

2.  Purchase your ticket for the Eric Carle through their website on Eventbrite.  You will choose the Friday, October 22, 1-4 pm time slot.  They will definitely sell out as they have limited tickets, so they recommend doing this 2 weeks in advance which is NOW!  

2020 Elmar W. Seibel Scholarship Recipient

The Executive Committee of ARLIS/NA New England is pleased to announce that Clara Scholtz is the recipient of this year’s Elmar W. Seibel Scholarship!

Clara is a Master of Library and Information Science student at Simmons University concentrating in Cultural Heritage Informatics, as well as a practicing artist. She is coming to her studies at Simmons with experience working in the Downtown Art Center (DAC) in Los Angeles as an instructor and assisting them with the organization of their collection of artwork and archival materials. She also worked as a gallery guide and attendant for the Dia Art Foundation.

Photograph of Clara Scholtz.
Clara Scholtz

“I intend to work as an art librarian and educator upon completing my MLIS, at a public library, academic library, or museum,” Clara shares. “A goal of mine as an informational professional is to increase access to cultural heritage materials and knowledge for communities of marginalized people, including people with disabilities. I deeply appreciate ARLIS/NA New England Chapter’s support of this goal, thank you.”

Congratulations, Clara!