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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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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:


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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.


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

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!

Fall ARLIS/NA NE meeting

Hampshire College and Smith College – 10/10/14


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Schedule for Hampshire morning:
9:30- 10 am:  registration, name tags, coffee, fruit, pastries in the Seydel Reading Room, 2nd floor Harold Johnson Library, Hampshire College
10-10:30  am:   Jennifer Gunter King, Director of the Library will give a quick background on the Reading Room
Time to browse the Special Collections books and regular books in the Seydel Collection
10:30- 11:30:  Business meeting in the Hampshire College Art Gallery (ground floor of library building)
Paintings by Deidre Leber on display:

11:30 – drive to Smith College.   See link for direction.
12:00 Lunch at the Smith Museum cafe

Schedule for Smith afternoon:

Mika Palamara, Director of the Smith College Imaging Center, will lead a tour of the Imaging Center’s new classroom and makers facility.

Sherry Poirrier, Image Collections Curator, and Jon Cartledge, Digital Imaging Specialist, will discuss the deaccessioning of the Imaging Center photo collection.
Barbara Polowy, Hillyer Art Librarian, will display and discuss artists’ books from the Smith College Fine Art Library.
Elisa Lanzi, Library Director of Digital Strategies, and Nanci Young,College Archivist, will discuss “The History of Women’s Education Open Access Portal Project,” a collaborative NEH project, led by Bryn Mawr, to create a prototype for a digital portal containing letters, diaries, and scrapbooks of the first generations of its students.


At 4pm, the Smith College Museum will be free and open to the public.