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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 several officers on the Chapter’s Executive Committee to begin in January 2021. Open positions are: 

  • 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. 
  • Secretary (2 years)The secretary is responsible for Chapter documents, including meeting minutes, and assists with the general functions of the committee.
  • Public Relations & Web Support (2 years)The Public Relations & Web Support officer maintains the Chapter website and social media accounts, coordinates activities to build membership, and assists with the general functions of the committee. 

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 2021 ARLIS/NA membership with the possibility of continuing this in 2022. We’re grateful to our colleagues in the New York Chapter for this idea.

Nominations (including self-nominations) are due by October 30, 2020 to arlisna.newengland@gmail.com

Fall Chapter Meeting (virtual) – Friday, October 16, 2020

Join us for a virtual Fall Chapter Meeting on Friday, October 16 from 1-3pm ET. Our time together will include:

  • 1:00pm Chapter Business Meeting
  • 2:00pm Virtual Tour of Harvard Fine Arts Library
  • 2:30pm Virtual Coffee & Conversation
  • 2:55pm Closing
The Harvard Fine Arts Library

Join our listserv for the Zoom meeting link or email arlisna.newengland@gmail.com.

We hope to see you there! 

2020 ARLIS/NA Annual Conference Travel Award Winner

The ARLIS/NA New England Chapter is pleased to announce that Abigail (Abi) Sweeney is the recipient of the chapter’s 2020 ARLIS/NA Annual Conference Travel Award. Abi has been working at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design since 2006, and is currently serving as the vice-moderator of the Art and Design School Library (ADSL) Division of ARLIS/NA.  At the 2020 ARLIS/NA Annual Conference, she will be stepping into her new role as moderator of the division.  During the conference, Abi and the current moderator will be reviewing their progress to date on a comprehensive report of the ADSL Division, to include current and ongoing challenges.  In particular, Abi will be covering her findings on issues related to staffing and professional development. The final report is scheduled to be presented at the 2021 conference in Montreal. 

The ARLIS/NA Annual Conference Travel Award will help defray Abi’s expenses related to attending the 2020 ARLIS/NA Annual Conference in St. Louis, Missouri. We would like to extend our thanks to our chapter’s donors, whose contributions help make this award possible.

Congratulations Abi!

Call for Nominations for Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect

Call for nominations (including self-nominations) for the position of Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect of ARLIS/NA New England is open! This is a three year position. For 2020, this person would be serving as Vice-Chair; 2021, as Chair; 2022, as Past-Chair.

As of now, the position descriptions are as follows:

Vice-Chair [Year 1]: Assists the Chairperson, act as chief executive officer in the event the Chairperson is unable to serve, assists with general functions of the Chapter Board, and coordinates fundraising as needed.

Chair [Year 2]: Acts as chief executive officer, plans the activities of the Chapter, shall be a member ex-officio of all special project committees of the Chapter, and shall be responsible for the drafting of the mid-year and annual reports.

Past-Chair [Year 3]: Serves an advisory role, as needed, during the year; administers the chapter’s awards, and assists with general functions of the Chapter Board.

To see the current bylaw descriptions of these positions, please see the chapter website.

We’ll be accepting nominations for Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect until November 25th. If multiple nominations are received, an election will be held and current members can vote for 30 days. If only one nomination is received, a 30 day open comment period for current members will be held. If no comments or additional nominations are received, the election will be called by acclamation.

Please email arlisna.newengland@gmail.com with your nominations or questions about this position.

Bookworks Meetup – Thursday, November 14th, 2019

Join ARLIS/NA New England for a meetup with colleagues at the Bookworks exhibition at Tufts. We will speak with curator Dina Deitsch and Darin Murphy of the SMFA library at Tufts, look at the work on display, and then head over to Semolina for dinner/drinks with anyone who would like to join.

The Details:

When: Thursday, November 14th, 5-7pm (followed by optional dinner/drinks)
Where: Tufts University Art Galleries, Aidekman Arts Center, 40 Talbot Avenue, Medford, MA 02155

Please RSVP here. We hope to see you there!