ARLIS/NA Mid-Atlantic

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

Category: Professional Development (page 4 of 10)

Call for Mentees — ARLIS DC-MD-VA Mentoring Program — Deadline September 13, 2013

This is a call for mentees to participate in the newly established Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS) DC-MD-VA chapter mentoring program.  We welcome applications from students or young professionals interested in learning more about working as an arts information professional.  If interested, please submit the following information by 9/13/13 to Eden Orelove at with the subject heading ARLIS mentee application:

  1. Contact information, including name and email
  2. Current program of study/work
  3. What specific tasks and areas of arts librarianship you are interested in (i.e. museum, academic, reference, collection development, etc.)
  4. Please provide a short (1-2 paragraphs) response as to why you want to participate in this mentoring program and what you hope to get out of it.

If selected, you will be matched with a professional art librarian in the DC metro area.  The program will be designed by you and your mentor – you will decide the amount of time and effort that you both want to commit to the relationship and how to best communicate.  There are currently mentors signed up who work at locations including the National Gallery of Art, the Smithsonian Libraries, and the Library of Congress, among others.  This is a great opportunity for aspiring or new art librarians, so sign up today!

Report from the 2013 Caroline Backlund Travel Award Winner

Dear DC/MD/VA ARLIS members,

I’d like to start off by thanking the Caroline Backlund Travel Award committee for selecting me for this scholarship.  I would not have been able to attend the annual ARLIS conference in Pasadena without this monetary help.

I thoroughly enjoyed my first ARLIS conference.  I signed up to have a mentor walk me through the conference, and under the guidance of Suz Massen, Head of Reference at the Frick Library, I met many new colleagues, became familiar with the layout of the conference, and received a warm reception into the broader ARLIS community.  I found the activities geared towards new professionals and members particularly fun and helpful.  From the new member orientation to the mentoring program to the ARLISnap activities, I discovered an exceptional level of support and encouragement.

Besides the networking opportunities that ARLIS afforded, I found many of the sessions informative.  I was able to attend a wide variety of sessions that were relevant to my interests and work.  In particular, I enjoyed the session entitled “The Visual Language of Data: Reshaping Humanities Research” about using technology to analyze data and make new comparative conclusions, “Forward Into the Past: Crafting a Digital Future, Curating Our Analog Past” and “The New Archivist,” which gave new archival professionals an opportunity to speak about their work.

As a new professional, I look forward to many more years of active involvement with the ARLIS community, including continuing to work on the program committee for the upcoming conference and implementing a local chapter mentoring program in Fall 2013.  Thank you again for the scholarship, and best of luck to everyone with planning the 2014 ARLIS conference in D.C.!

Eden Orelove, Student Library Technician, National Gallery of Art, and 2013 Caroline Backlund Travel Award Winner

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