ARLIS/NA Mid-Atlantic

The Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Art Libraries Society of North America

Deadline Extension for Conference Travel Awards

The deadline for submissions of applications for the Chapter awards to attend the virtual ARLIS/NA conference in Montreal has been extended to April 5th.   The Chapter encourage its members and students to apply!


The Mid-Atlantic Chapter of ARLIS/NA encourages its members to participate in the 2021 Montreal conference. Since no members will be physically traveling, the travel awards will be re-imagined to support participation.  The Chapter will offer multiple Backlund and WALRC awards that will cover the cost of conference registration. The criteria for selection will be simplified this year.

Caroline Backlund Award

This award was established in 2002 and is named in honor of Carline Backlund (1920-2016) who had a distinguished career as an art librarian, educator, and author. Mrs. Backlund, a long-time chapter member, received the ARLIS/NA Distinguished Service Award in 1989 for her contributions to the Society. The Backlund award is intended to help student members of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter become more involved in the ARLIS/NA at the national level.

There will be six Caroline Backlund Awards to encourage student participation.

Criteria: Students must be members of the chapter and enrolled at least part-time in a library/information science school. Weight will be given to students who are participating in the conference as a presenter or leader of a group. Students should submit a brief letter stating the benefits of attending the conference.

Washington Art Library Resources Committee Award

The Washington Art Library Resources Committee (WALRC) comprised research libraries in the Greater Washington, DC area. In 1981, WALRC published Art serials: union list of art periodicals and serials in research libraries in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area (edited by Carolyn S. Larson) which proved to be a very useful and popular publication. In 2018 WALRC, which had been inactive for many years, disbanded and the funds from the sale of the publication was transferred to the Chapter. The WALRC Award is intended for professional (i.e. non-student) members of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter to become more involved with ARLIS/NA at the national level. Funding for the award is provided by income from WALRC invested accounts.

There will be ten Washington Art Library Resources Committee Awards:

  • Four awards will be presented to unemployed members who are searching for jobs.
  • Four awards will be present to members who have been impacted by furloughs, reduction in hours, pay cuts or in any other way related to the pandemic.
  • Two awards will be made to non-member students.  The award will also provide a  one-year membership in ARLIS/NA.

Criteria:  Preference will be given to chapter members who are participating in the conference or are members of committees or other leadership groups where their participation is necessary. Applicants for the student awards should state the impact of membership in ARLIS/NA will have on their chosen profession. Other applicants should briefly explain in their letter how they qualify for the award.

Applications should be emailed to the Travel Awards Committee Chair by April 5th.

Mid-Atlantic Travel Awards Committee

Gregory P. J. Most, National Gallery of Art, Chair
Anna Boutin-Cooper, Franklin and Marshall College
Claralyn Burt, formerly University of Maryland I-School
Yuki Hibben, Virginia Commonwealth University

Contracting Opportunity: Project Coordinator for Gender Descriptive Practices, Smithsonian Institution

The Smithsonian Institution has a contracting opportunity with the American Women’s History (AWHI) and the Smithsonian Open Access (SOA) Initiatives.

AWHI’s goal is to ensure that the historical record of the accomplishments of American women and girls is accurate, well-known, and empowering for people around the world. AWHI relies on the Smithsonian’s open access policy to share new resources about American women as freely as possible. However collections representing women and girls are difficult to find for several reasons including outdated descriptive standards, lack of resources to enhance collections metadata, and historic biases in collecting throughout the history of a 175-year institution.

This one-year contract, with an option to extend, is to provide program coordination services for the Initiative’s efforts to facilitate the creation of standards and best practices related to gender descriptive practices. The contractor would facilitate communication with internal and external stakeholders, develop project documentation protocols, and survey Smithsonian collecting units (interdisciplinary museums, libraries, and archives) for descriptive practices related to gender. Experience with descriptive practices/cataloging in the cultural sector, and excellent communications and project management skills are required.

Applications are due Friday, April 9th, 6pm EST. Applicants should register as a federal contractor in the System for Award Management (SAM) concurrently to responding to the Request for Quote.

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