The Mid-Atlantic Chapter presents two awards that are offered for its members to engage in professional development by attending conferences and meetings organized by the Society and the Chapter.

Caroline Backlund Award

This award was established in 2002 and is named in honor of Caroline 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 ARLIS/NA at the national level by participating in the conference and serving on committees. This award is funded by contributions from Chapter members. There will be one Caroline Backlund Award to encourage student participation. The award amount is $1,000.

Criteria: Students must be enrolled at least part-time in a library/information science school and must be current member of ARLIS/NA and the Mid-Atlantic Chapter. Weight will be given to students who are participating in the conference as a presenter or leader of a group.

Application: The deadline for applications is Friday, January 7, 2022.

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 become more involved in ARLIS/NA at the national level. Funding for the award is provided by income from WALRC invested accounts. There will be two Washington Art Library Resources Committee Awards for 2022. The awards will be $1,000 each.

Criteria: Award applicants must be a current member of ARLIS/NA the ARLIS/NA Mid-Atlantic Chapter. 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.

Application: The deadline for applications is Friday, January 7, 2022.

Applicants for the awards should submit a current résumé or curriculum vitae and a letter describing the benefits anticipated from conference attendance, their specific role in the conference (if applicable), and a travel budget including any expected funding from the applicant’s institution or other sources.

Please send applications to:

Gregory P. J. Most
Chair, ARLIS/NA Mid-Atlantic Chapter Travel Awards Committee

Mid-Atlantic Chapter Awards Committee
Claralyn Burt, Architect of the Capitol
Yuki Hibben, Virginia Commonwealth University
Gregory P. J. Most, National Gallery of Art
K. Sarah Ostrach, Independent

Previous Backlund Award Recipients

  • 2021 K. Sarah Ostrach, Samuel H. Kress Fellowship in Art Librarianship at the Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library at Yale University
  • 2020 Claralyn Burt, Intern, Department of Image Collections of the National Gallery of Art Library
  • 2019 Jennifer Page, Library Manager, National Museum of Women in the Arts
  • 2018 Chris Needham, Administrative Assistant, US Department of Defense
  • 2017 Siân Evans, Instruction Librarian, Maryland Institute College of Art
  • 2016 Sarah Osborne Bender, Visual Resources Curator, American University
  • 2015 Megan Halsband, Reference Librarian, Library of Congress
  • 2014 Daniel Moore, Training and Library Solutions Coordinator, Atlas Systems
  • 2013 Eden Orelove, Student Library Technician, National Gallery of Art
  • 2012 Heather Slania, Director, Library and Research Center, National Museum of Women in the Arts
  • 2011 Emily Hunter, MLS student, University of Maryland
  • 2010 Kristina Keogh, Reference Librarian for the Arts, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • 2009 Stephanie Moye, Serials Librarian, Smithsonian Institution Libraries, American Art/Portrait Gallery Branch Library
  • 2008 Rebecca Cooper, Manager of Reader Services, Society of the Cincinnati, Washington D.C.
  • 2007 Anne H. Simmons, Assistant Librarian, Library and Research Center, National Museum of Women in the Arts
  • 2006 Kathy Woodrell, Reference Specialist, Decorative Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Division, Library of Congress
  • 2005 Lucie Stylianopoulos, Information Services Librarian, Fiske Kimball Fine Arts Library, University of Virginia
  • 2004 Phyllis Graham, Librarian, American School of Classical Studies in Athens, Greece
  • 2003 Heather Ball, Art and Architecture Librarian, Art and Architecture Library, Virginia Tech

Previous WALRC Award Recipients

  • 2021 Mary Wassermann, Former Special Collections Librarian, Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • 2020 Anna Boutin-Cooper, Research & Visual Arts Librarian, Shadek-Fackenthal Library, Franklin & Marshall College


Contributions are solicited annually, and the Chapter relies on your generous support to replenish the award funds each year. Please consider making a contribution in any amount. Thank you!