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Chapter raffle fundraiser has begun

Support our chapter by participating in our new raffle fundraiser!

Are you an artist/creator/maker/crafter and interested in donating an item? Contact Vice-Chair Namisha Bhat at nbhat [at] smith [dot] edu. We will be collecting items through October and donated items will be added to our prizes page as they are received. Check out the fabulous prizes that have been donated so far


The drawing will be held in early November and items shipped in plenty of time for the holidays.

See something you like? See something someone you know might like? Looking for a fun prize filled way to support the chapter? Tickets are $5 each or $20 for a bundle of 5 here:

Apply now for the Wolfgang Freitag Professional Development Award!

The Chapter is now accepting applications for the Wolfgang Freitag Professional Development Award of $1000 in funding to defray the costs associated with a variety of professional development activities.

To be considered for this award, applicants should submit a proposal via this form that includes:
A detailed account 250-500 words long explaining what the award will help you accomplish and how it will contribute to the field of art librarianship
A statement describing the financial need of the project or initiative, and a budget detailing a total cost breakdown (e.g. travel and lodging expenses, conference registration fees, workshop fees, course tuition, materials costs, details of additional funding from other sources, etc.)

See the Scholarship & Awards section for additional details and qualifications.

Deadline for proposals is July 30, 2021.

2021 ARLIS/NA Virtual Conference Attendance Awards (previously Conference Travel Award)

PURPOSE:  To encourage the professional development of ARLIS/NA New England Chapter members and local library students interested in arts librarianship by supporting registration fees for the ARLIS/NA virtual conference.


  • Applicants must be members of ARLIS/NA New England Chapter for one full year and members of ARLIS/NA (requirement waived for current students and unemployed members). 
  • Applicants must be unable to receive full institutional funding toward ARLIS conference attendance.
  • Preference will be given to first-time attendees, to those who are participating in the conference as a speaker, moderator, session recorder or serving as a committee member, and to those financially impacted by the pandemic.
  • Students are encouraged to apply. Student applicants should be living in or attending an LIS program in New England and have a demonstrated interest in arts librarianship. 
  • Members who have been financially impacted by the pandemic are encouraged to apply. Also note that 2021 Chapter dues have been waived for members who are currently unemployed. 

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

AWARD: Up to 4 awards may be granted to members of the ARLIS/NA New England Chapter and local library students interested in arts librarianship to cover registration fees for the 2021 ARLIS/NA virtual conference to be held Tuesday, May 11 through Thursday, May 13, 2021.

Within one month of conference attendance, recipients will submit a 500-word summary of their conference experience and how it has enriched their professional goals.

Applications are due by March 28, 2021 via this submission form:

Please note that this award has been temporarily restructured for the 2021 virtual conference in response to the pandemic. Check back in 2022 for travel award application deadlines and submission instructions.