Art Librarianship Webinar on 11/9/15


The Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA), New England Chapter invites you to join us for a virtual tour of the art library/visual resources profession on Monday, November 9, 7:30 pm – 8:45 pm EST.

Whether you’re an art library veteran, art library-curious, or somewhere in between this will be an illuminating look at some of the exciting work happening in the field. ARLIS/NA or regional chapter membership is not required for attendance.

To register for this free event, please visit: Note that the webinar meeting space will open at 7 pm, and the official event start time is 7:30 pm.

Speakers and topics include:

Jesi Buell, Instructional Design and Web Librarian, Colgate University
Information and Visual Literacy Instruction Tools
Digital Learning Objects (DLOs) are examples of a successful Blended Learning tool at Colgate University. These interactive, digital tutorials allow for student learning outside the classroom which increases time in Library sessions, put lessons in context, and encourages autodidactism. This presentation will show examples, give advice on best practices, and explain how the Instructional Design Librarian plans on putting together a visual literacy DLO.

Jasmine Burns, Image Technologies and Visual Literacy Librarian, Indiana University Bloomington
Visual Resource Collection Management
During this presentation, I will discuss my plans for a large data migration from a homegrown institutional image repository (created by my predecessor in the mid-1990s) into ARTstor’s SharedShelf. I will give a background of the structure and uses of current system, map out my overall migration plan, and share my projected timeline for the process.

Sarah Carter, Director, Bridwell Art Library at the University of Louisville
Creative Outreach and Programming
The Bridwell Art Library connected the artistic practice of self portraits to a wider audience by designing and implementing a social media campaign highlighting “Shelfies in Art History.” This presentation will focus on the collaborative exhibit design and promotion that made the exhibit and social media campaign a success with not only our patrons, but within the wider community of Louisville.

Lareese Hall, Architecture + Art Librarian, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Artists’ Book Collections
If you had to use just six books in your artists’ book collection to explain your collection philosophy what would you choose? This is the premise for a video series that looks at artists’ books in academic environments and at what it means to “collect”.

The presentations will be followed by some Q&A time.

If you’re never attended a webinar before or would like assistance with the technical logistics, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

Hope to see you on 11/9!
Ashley Peterson (ARLIS/NA NE Chapter President),
Amber Welch (ARLIS/NA NE Chapter Secretary),
Webinar Co-Moderators

RSVP for the Fall 2015 Meeting in Providence

The ARLIS/NA New England Chapter Board is excited to announce the agenda for our Fall Meeting, coming up soon on Friday, October 23 in Providence, RI. 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.


Providence Public Library (PPL), 10 am – 12 pm

  • 9:30 am – 10 am: check-in, 3rd Floor Meeting Room. Please use the entrance at 225 Washington Street. (per PPL policy the Board cannot provide coffee and breakfast; make sure you’re fed and caffeinated before you arrive!)
  • 10 am – 10:45 am: ARLIS/NA NE business meeting, 3rd Floor Meeting Room
  • 11:00 am -12:30 pm: presentation about PPL’s history and library tour

Lunch on your own in downtown Providence, 12 pm – 2 pm

  • We will provide a list of options!

Rhode Island School of Art & Design (RISD) Library, 2 pm – 4:30 pm

  • 2 pm – 2:45 pm: Tour of the RISD library, with brief staff talks
  • 2:45 pm – 3:15 pm: Refreshments in the Picture Collection room, sign up for a focused discussion topic
  • 3:15 pm – 4:30 pm: Focused discussions, or visit the RISD Museum. Discussion topics will include:
    • Reference and instruction with Ellen Petraits and Alice Whiteside
    • Library architecture and collection development with Carol Terry
    • Archives, including artists’ books and special collections, with Andy Martinez with Claudia Covert
    • Visual + Material Resource Center with Mark Pompelia
    • Technical Services with Bob Garzillo and Marc Calhoun

Getting to Providence

Providence Public Libary Address: 150 Empire Street Providence, RI 02903

RISD Library Address: 15 Westminster St, Providence, RI 02903

Providence is accessible by the MBTA commuter rail, on the Providence/Stoughton line. The commuter rail stop is about a mile’s walk from the Providence Public Library, and about a half-mile’s walk from RISD. The PPL and RISD are about a half-mile apart from each another.

If you drive, check out the Park Downtown Providence page for information.



We are very excited to explore Providence, and we hope you’ll join us!

You are invited to attend the ARLIS/NA New England Informal Summer Gathering!

Summer 2015 Gathering

You are invited to attend the ARLIS/NA New England Informal Summer Gathering!

Friday, August 14th at 5pm

Meet at the NEW! Lesley University John and Carol Moriarty Library, formerly the Art Institute of Boston Library

1801 Massachusetts Avenue

Cambridge, MA 02140

Please RSVP by Monday. August 10th!

This spring semester marked the opening of Lesley University’s Lunder Arts Center and historically restored Cambridge North Prospect church. Now home to Lesley’s Art and Design Library, Carrie, Raye, and Kate have invited the Chapter for an informal gathering to see their new library. Afterward we’ll head over to Christopher’s for dinner and drinks. We’ll have tables reserved. To learn more about the historic North Prospect Church visit:

The gathering will be in two parts:

1) 5p-5:45p: Everyone meets at the Moriarty Library and view the new facility.  

2) 5:45p-Whenever!: Take a quick walk to Christopher’s for dinner and drinks.

Directions to the John and Carol Moriarty Library once at the Lunder Arts Center:
1. Enter through the Lunder Arts Center main entrance – 1801 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02140
2. Take a right into the historical church just past the security desk
3. Library entrance will be on your right!

Paid parking is available on a first come, first serve hourly basis on the Porter Square campus behind University Hall, Alternatively, there is on-street metered parking on Massachusetts Avenue.  Please contact Kate Thornhill, 617-349-8073 or, if you have any questions.

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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The Lowell swamp locks. Image courtesy of


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:



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.



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