Category Archives: Professional Development

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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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.

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 with your nominations or questions about this position.

Apply now for the Wolfgang Freitag Professional Development Award!

Are you looking to fund a new project? Or are you doing research related to art librarianship intended for publication or presentation? Or, maybe you have your eye on a conference you would like to attend?…

Apply for the Wolfgang Freitag Professional Development Award for $1000 in award funding to defray the costs associated with a variety of professional development activities.

Apply by Friday, November 8, 2019 by sending application materials to John Schlinke, ARLIS/NA New England Chapter Past-Chair, Applicants will be notified of results by Wednesday, November 20, 2019.

For application details:

Virtual Snapshot: Scholarly Communication in Arts Librarianship

ARLIS/NA New England Chapter’s webinar, Virtual Snapshot: Scholarly Communication in Arts Librarianship, is now available on the ARLIS/NA Learning Portal! You can access an audiovisual recording of the event, as well as slides from the panelists’ presentations.
The Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA), New England Chapter, in partnership with ARLIS/NA and ACRL Arts, hosted a free virtual conversation about the state of scholarly communication in arts librarianship on Monday, November 14, 2016, 7:30 pm – 8:30 p.m. EST.
The discussion illuminated the range of scholarly activities that art and visual resources professionals are engaging in, and addressed the process of preparing a research agenda, participating in presentations, or finding alternate avenues in which to engage in scholarly discourse. Panelists spoke about the management and evolution of their own processes, and addressed challenges and perceived barriers to participation.
Speakers and presentation topics:
Siân Evans & Jenny Ferretti, Maryland Institute College of Art
#Libeyrianship: Using pop culture to promote information literacy
Katie Greer, Oakland University
Start with the low-hanging fruit: Forays into the scholarly conversation
Heather Saunders, Nipissing University
Blogging as a Springboard for Scholarly Activity
This was a fantastic event with a great group of panelists. We hope you’ll check it out!