Attention all Canadian art-librarian hopefuls! Here’s a great project to be involved in, if you have worked at, or are interested in, one of the many art libraries our country has to offer. If you’d like to get published, do an interesting research project, and support the efforts of Canadian ARLIS members, take a look.
The first edition of the History of Art Librarianship in Canada: Essay in the History of Art Librarianship in Canada came out in 2006; the second edition would ideally come out in 2015, and needs to be expanded to include more libraries as well as recent developments. Some discussion about the project, and a short list of art libraries to be profiled, is in the 2013 Annual Report.
There are two deadlines for proposals: April 25th (if you’d like to have your proposal discussed in Washington next month), and May 30th (the extended deadline). I encourage you to send a query before April 25th, even if you can’t complete a full proposal by that day.
The full CFP has more details, but here are some excerpts:
This initial project was generously sponsored and funded by the National Gallery of Canada Library and
Archives and first made available online in 2006. We would like to continue this tradition of excellence by
publishing a second edition that will include additional essays on libraries, institutions and related resource centres not profiled in the original publication.
We have compiled a list of libraries that could be included, but realize that logistically some may not be able to commit to a full research project of this nature at present. So the committee is eager to hear from you directly and encourages you to submit proposals for the second edition of the History of Art Libraries in Canada. Our hope is that your input will help us build the structure for this anthology of library histories.
It is understandable that histories will vary in length and include diverse types of documentation, so we
encourage any potential contributors to apply, even if primary supporting sources for your library’s story
would be oral histories, memoirs, or other unpublished ephemeral information sources. As was the case with the first edition, the History of Art Libraries in Canada vol.2 will profile the establishment and evolution of collections, spaces, visual and information literacy services, as well as the profession of art librarianship in Canada.
The working committee is eager to profile as many libraries as possible, so we encourage you to submit
a proposal if you are capable of researching, documenting, and writing an essay within roughly the next year. Although an official publication date has not been finalized, we hope to have a clear picture of the libraries to be included by Spring 2014 and begin compiling and editing the publication by 2015.
If you are interested and can realistically work within this timeframe, please consider submitting a
proposal (Microsoft Word document preferable) that includes:
• Institution name;
• Primary author(s) name and job description or professional connection to the institution;
• Estimated length of text and a general overview of the content for the entry (roughly 250 words; a bulleted list of topics is acceptable);
• Whether rights-cleared images will be included for reproduction;
• General bibliography of sources.
Submit all applications by email to:
• Daniel Payne firstname.lastname@example.org
Canadian Member-at-Large, ARLIS/NA Canada; Head Reference & Instructional Services, Dorothy H. Hoover Library, OCAD University
Please endeavor to have proposals submitted by:
• Friday 25 April 2014 (so that results can be presented on Sat. 3 May at the ARLIS/NA Canada Chapter meeting at the 42nd annual ARLIS/NA Conference in Washington DC).
The committee realizes, however, that this leaves little time for preparation of materials and planning for research allowances, so an additional deadline will be offered for those that need an extended preparation time period, set at:
• Friday 30 May 2014