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!

Fall Meeting at Yale – October 21st, 2016

yalelibraryBeinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Yale University, 9:30 am – 12 pm

  • 9:30 am – 10 am: check-in
  • 10 am – 11 am: Business Meeting
  • 11 am – 12 pm: Tour of the Beinecke Library

Lunch on your own, 12 pm – 1:45 pm

  • If this is your first time in New Haven, we will provide a list of recommendations

Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library, Yale University: 1:45 pm – 3 pm

  • 1:45 pm – 2 pm: gather at the Haas Arts Library
  • 2 pm – 3 pm: Tour of the Library

Additional Details

For the full agenda and additional details, please see this document.


To RSVP, please fill out this form.

2016 Freitag Award winner

We are pleased to announce that Otto Luna is the recipient of this year’s Wolfgang Freitag Professional Development Award.

Otto Luna received a BA in Art History from Fordham University and a Master of Library Science degree from Queens College, CUNY. He worked as an art indexer and abstractor for the H.W. Wilson Company in New York and EBSCO Information Services in Ipswich, MA. He is currently the Visual Resources Librarian at the University of New Hampshire and resides in Beverly, MA.

The Wolfgang Freitag Award is made possible through the generous donations of New England Chapter members. Awarded in the amount of $1,000 to one recipient annually, it is intended to aid and encourage the professional development of chapter members and to ensure the vibrant future of the art librarianship profession.

Otto will use the Award to attend the 2017 Summer Education Institute for Visual Resources and Image Management, which will help him acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to successfully accomplish his goals as the Visual Resources Librarian at UNH.

Please join us in congratulating Otto!

Spring Meeting at MassArt – April 29th, 2016

Join us in Boston Friday, April 29th for the ARLIS/NA New England and VRA New England joint 2016 Spring Meeting.

We will be starting the day at the new Design and Media Center and the Massachusetts College of Art and Design with a light breakfast and business meetings. Later we will visit the Isabella Gardner Museum. Hope to see you all there!


Agenda and other information







Image: Munsell artifacts from the MassArt Munsell archives

Sarah’s ARLIS/NA + VRA Conference Experience

Sarah Long is the recipient of the 2016 ARLIS/NA New England Chapter Annual Conference Travel Award.

Read on to learn about Sarah’s conference experience!

I’d like to thank the award selection committee and the chapter for this awesome opportunity to come back to Seattle. Granted that time was one week of graduate school orientation for the University of Washington online MLIS program, but I still felt an urge to return.

After spending almost all of last year’s conference at the registration desk, I was excited to get back in there and experience the conference and see Seattle. But I wasn’t quite done with the registration desk, I volunteered for the first shift Tuesday morning. My two hours consisted mostly of directing members of the Woodland Park Zoo to the other registration desk on the floor and checking in members of the executive board before their all-day meeting. After that, I was free to roam around the city.

Later that day I attended the Pioneer Square tour led by Alan Michelson of UW. While the tour started at Pioneer Square, Alan took us around the whole neighborhood, including the Gold Rush museum and describing nearly the complete architectural history of Seattle. He knew the complete story of nearly every building we passed. Luckily we had sunshine for entirety of the three hour tour.

The most important and helpful part of the conference were the two workshops I attended on Wednesday. The first workshop was the Career Development led by ArLiSNAP and VREPS. We received invaluable tips for carrying out job searches including sharing places to find job listings, how to communicate with and use references, and resources for maintaining relevancy in the field. More importantly we focused on persistence and maintaining positive outlooks and an open mind.

The second workshop was the first meeting of the year-long career mentoring program. The theme for this year is leadership, and we spent time brainstorming qualities of a good leader what we strive for in our careers. Before the workshop we were asked to create SMART goals (Specific, Measureable, Attainable, Relevancy, Timeframe) to focus our objectives and gain perspective. The mentees completed exercises and received advice on how to approach our positions as mentees vis-à-vis communication, expectations, and support. During the second half of the workshop we met with our mentors to get to know them and edit our goals. My mentor, Yvette Cortes, and I discussed a plan for future meetings, establishing agendas, and goal-setting. The Committee members will be in touch with us all year providing readings and advice. The two workshops gave me with a boost in confidence and ambition for continuing my job search and getting involved in the organization.

During the rest of the conference, I attended the session on web archiving, new voices in the profession, the poster session where I got a volunteer opportunity, and sat in and took notes for the Documentation Committee. I met with colleagues from Houston and new friends and colleagues in New England, and got so much encouragement and understanding regarding my quest for employment. I had a remarkable time and hope to see all of you soon!

About Sarah: Sarah Long has a BA in Art History from Trinity University and MLIS from the University of Washington. She worked at the Hirsch Library, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston for eight years and currently resides in Providence, RI.

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.