ARLIS/NA Mid-Atlantic

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

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Internship Announcement: Smithsonian Libraries

The Smithsonian Libraries is pleased to announce two paid internship programs for Summer of 2019. One is specifically for undergraduate students enrolled at an HBCU (Kathryn Turner Diversity and Technology Internship); the other is open to both graduate and undergraduate students in a variety of programs at any college or university (50th Anniversary Internship Program). Internship sites are in the Washington D.C. metro area, and are not suitable for remote intern applications.

Applications for both programs are due January 18th, 2019. Please see additional details below. Full information may be found on our internship page (

Feel free to share with interested students or relevant lists. Email Erin Rushing, (rushinge [at] with questions.

Kathryn Turner Diversity and Technology Internship (
This full-time, 10-week program allows a student enrolled at a Historically Black College or University with a background in computer science to sharpen his/her skills and gain real world experience in the largest museum library system in the world.

For Summer 2019, this internship will focus on Cross-linking Data. The intern will assist in a variety of limited-scope projects cleaning, normalizing, and matching data between the Libraries’ databases and systems including our Digital Library, the Biodiversity Heritage Library, and unique data sets related to and important to the fields of Botany and Zoology.

50th Anniversary Internship Program (
This program was created in honor of the Libraries’ 50th Anniversary to help introduce students to the realm of museum and research libraries. Interns in this cohort will be a mix of undergraduate and graduate students in a variety of Smithsonian Libraries’ departments.  Internships will be full time for eight weeks during the summer of 2019, with stipend levels dependent on academic level.

50th Anniversary Undergraduate projects:

  • Discovery Services – Digital Presence and Footprint
  • Supporting Access to Zoological Literature: Article Definition in the Biodiversity Heritage Library

50th Anniversary Graduate projects:

  • Researching Art Ephemera Legacy Collections
  • Preservation Services: Mold Remediation and Re-binding
  • Hirshhorn Library Special Collections

Funding for the 50th Anniversary intern class was provided by the Secretary of the Smithsonian and the Smithsonian National Board.

See our webpage for additional information:

Conference Travel Award

ARLIS/NA Mid-Atlantic
Caroline Backlund Professional Development Award
Deadline: December 7, 2018

The Mid-Atlantic Chapter of ARLIS/NA presents an annual travel award to promote professional development for a chapter member at the annual ARLIS/NA conference. This award 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 for her contributions to the Society in 1989.

The Backlund Award is $750.00 and is intended to help members of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter become more involved in ARLIS/NA at the national level. It is maintained through donations from chapter members. The chapter invites contributions in any amount, year-round.

Award applicants must be a current member of ARLIS/NA and must be a current, dues-paying member of the ARLIS/NA Mid-Atlantic Chapter. Applications are encouraged from those who do not have institutional funding or have never attended the national conference with additional consideration given to applications for members who will be participating in the conference as speakers or moderators; and/or who serve in leadership positions on ARLIS/NA committees, divisions, sections, and special interest groups.

Following the conference, the winner must submit a brief written report to the Backlund Award Committee within 30 days, and is encouraged to make a presentation to the chapter membership at the next meeting and/or through a posting on the chapter website.


Applicants for the award 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 submit applications for the Caroline Backlund Professional Development Award
to by close of business on Friday, December 7, 2018. All applications must be submitted electronically.

Gregory P. J. Most, Chair (National Gallery of Art)
Mary Louise Castaldi (University of the Arts)
Yuki Hibben (Virginia Commonwealth University)
Chris Needham, 2018 winner (US DoD)

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