Lyndsay Bratton’s ARLIS/NA Annual Conference Experience in Salt Lake City, UT

Lyndsay Bratton is the recipient of the chapter’s 2019 ARLIS/NA National Conference Travel Award.

Read on to learn about Lyndsay’s conference experience…

I was so grateful to receive the New England Chapter’s travel award this year to attend the Art Libraries Society of North America’s 48th annual conference in Salt Lake City. In addition to benefiting from the wealth of knowledge shared in a wide variety of sessions and enjoying the fantastic tours and receptions at local arts institutions we have all come to expect at our organization’s annual meetings, it was also important that I attend the conference in my third and final year as Media Editor on the Society’s Editorial Board. Besides being able to capture and share the conference events on ARLIS/NA social media channels, it was an opportunity to work with the incoming Media Editor for a seamless transition.

The highlight of the sessions I attended this year was the It’s About Time: Open Educational Resources and the Arts panel with speakers Shira Loev Eller of George Washington University Libraries and John Hilton III of Brigham Young University (co-moderated by Ian McDermott of LaGuardia Community College Library and Emily Coxe, RISD Librarian and ARLIS/NA New England Chapter’s treasurer). The speakers shared useful statistics and resources on the benefits of OERs, where to find them, and how to promote them on our campuses. Of particular note, George Washington University Libraries is achieving faculty buy-in for OERs by asking liaisons to have a conversation about them with at least one professor per semester and contribute to a shared spreadsheet to document these outreach efforts and identify interested faculty with whom to follow up. The interest has all been garnered without grants or stipends, although the library is now hoping to develop an incentive program to build capacity in this area. During the break-out portion of the session, I was part of a discussion about the potential for ARLIS/NA to develop a resource guide to OERs in the arts. Given the financial need for and pedagogical benefits of increased OER adoption throughout higher education, such an effort would be a great contribution by the organization.

Lyndsay at the site of the Spiral Jetty.
Lyndsay at the site of Robert Smithson’s Spiral Jetty.

Outside the sessions, the conference provided a great opportunity for representatives of participating institutions in Yale University Press’s Art & Architecture ePortal pilot this past year to meet with representatives of the database project at a breakfast event. We heard about next steps, as well as new features and publications in development, and we had the chance to meet with other participating members. I was also lucky to snag a spot on one of the two Spiral Jetty tours with guide extraordinaire Hikmet Loe. This perhaps once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the famed earthwork did not disappoint. Furthermore, the poster sessions and exhibitors were outstanding this year. At these and other meetings and events during the conference, I met new colleagues and learned about some exciting initiatives in the field.

I would like to thank the New England Chapter and the travel award committee for this opportunity to attend the annual conference on a travel award. I look forward to reconvening at this year’s chapter events and in St. Louis next spring.

About Lyndsay: Lyndsay is the Assistant Director for Digital Scholarship and the arts subject librarian at Connecticut College.

About the ARLIS/NA New England Chapter Travel Award: The Travel Award is intended to encourage the professional development of ARLIS/NA New England Chapter members by supporting travel to the ARLIS/NA annual conference. Money for this award is generously donated by ARLIS/NA New England Chapter members.

2019 ARLIS/NA National Conference Travel Award Winner

The ARLIS/NA New England Chapter is pleased to announce that Lyndsay Bratton is the 2019 recipient of the Chapter’s ARLIS/NA National Conference Travel Award.

Lyndsay is the Assistant Director for Digital Scholarship and the arts subject librarian at Connecticut College. The broad scope of her position is easily nurtured by the range of offerings at the annual conference, including programming in digital scholarship, research instruction in the arts, and visual resources. Lyndsay has served on the ARLIS/NA Editorial Board as the Media Editor since March 2016. While attending the conference in this role, she will be documenting and sharing the annual conference through ARLIS/NA’s social media channels.

This award will help defray the expenses related to attending this year’s ARLIS/NA Annual Conference in Salt Lake City, UT. We would like to extend our thanks to our Chapter’s donors, whose contributions help make this award possible.

Please join us in congratulating Lyndsay!

Fall Joint Chapter Meeting, ARLIS/NE and VRA/NE – Friday, October 12, 2018

RSVP – Please use this form to RSVP by Monday, October 8, 2018.

You are invited to attend the Fall 2018 joint chapter meeting between ARLIS/NE and VRA-NE, to be held at the Worcester Art Museum (WAM) in Worcester, MA on Friday, October 12, 2018.

Sarah Gillis, Associate Registrar for Collection Documentation at WAM, and VRA/NE Chapter Chair, has planned a great day for all of us.  Along with having time to meet and catch up with colleagues, we will have the chance to tour the museum’s current exhibition, The Poetry of Nature: Hudson River School Landscape from the New York Historical Society, along with the Salisbury Mansion.  Time is also set aside for a lightning round session to discuss current issues in our work.  Please see the agenda for the day’s program.

We look forward to seeing everyone on October 12th!

August 10th | Trip to the deCordova Sculpture Garden & Museum and the Gropius House

Please join us for a tour of the deCordova Sculpture Garden and Museum and Gropius House in Lincoln, MA on Friday, August 10th.

You can use this online form to sign up.  There is a fee for this event that will be handled separately from the sign up form.  More information on how to pay will follow.

See below (and the online form) for more information about the visit, and feel free to get in touch if you have questions.


Friday, August 10, 2018

10 a.m. – 12 noon – Visit the deCordova Sculpture Garden and Museum (51 Sandy Pond RD Lincoln, MA)

12 noon – 2 p.m. – Lunch (bring a picnic lunch to enjoy on the deCordova grounds or visit a nearby restaurant)

2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. – Visit the Gropius House (68 Baker Bridge RD Lincoln, MA)


ARLIS NE will pay $10.00 toward chapter members’ entrance fees to help defray the cost of the visit.  You are welcome to bring guests, however, the $10.00 reimbursement is limited to chapter members.

Fees to attend (including the chapter member discount) are shown below.

ARLIS NE chapter member:   $19.00

ARLIS NE chapter member (senior, 60+):   $14.00

ARLIS NE chapter member (student w/ID):   $14.00

Guest:   $29.00

Guest (senior, 60+):   $24.00

Guest (student w/ID):   $24.00