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ARLIS/NA New England Chapter Fall Meeting, October 11

ARLIS/NA New England will hold their fall meeting at Mystic Seaport Museum in Mystic, CT on Friday, October 11th from 10am-5pm. For more details, check out the meeting agenda.

The Chapter is excited that their meeting coincides with a Turner exhibition curated by the Tate! Mystic Seaport Museum is the only American venue for it and if you join Chapter meeting, you can see it for free.

Aren’t able to attend? The Chapter is also holding a Zoom meeting from 10:30am-12pm of their business meeting followed by a brainstorming session for the annual conference proposal in Providence 2024.

The New England Chapter is encouraging all new members to fill out a round robin update form by Friday, October 4th, whether you’re able to attend the meeting virtually or in person. The responses will be made available to Chapter members and common trends will be summarized at the fall meeting.

Attendees (virtual or in-person) are asked to RSVP by Monday, October 7th.

Joint Fall Meeting – Ohio Valley Chapter and Great Lakes VRA Chapter on October 25

The ARLIS/NA Ohio Valley Chapter will be holding a joint meeting with the VRA Great Lakes Chapter at Oberlin College on October 25, 2019. The registration deadline is October 18th.

Call for Lightning Round Presentations!

Lightning Round Presentations are open to both ARLIS/OV and VRA chapter members. To submit a proposal, fill out the Lightning Round Presentation Proposal Form by October 18th with a 5-minute presentation proposal. The Chapter intends these presentations to be casual, with or without slides, and could simply be an update of what you’re doing at your library.

For full meeting details, visit the Chapter’s website.

Texas-Mexico Chapter Fall Meeting, October 18-20, in Houston

The ARLIS/NA Texas-Mexico Chapter fall meeting will be held in Houston, Texas, October 18 – 20, 2019! This year’s conference will provide opportunities for chapter members to visit Houston museums and libraries and catch up with fellow TXMX colleagues. The weekend’s tours and activities will be centered in the vibrant and diverse Houston Museum District.

The Chapter is planning a welcome reception where students and new professionals will have an opportunity to forge professional connections.


Registration is open through October 4th with student rates as low as $30! The Texas-Mexico Chapter hopes to encourage burgeoning art information professionals’ network and growth.
Visit the EventBrite page to register: 2019 Texas-Mexico Chapter Meeting EventBrite Registration

For details on accommodations and a preliminary schedule, visit the TXMX Chapter page.

Save the Date – Northern California Chapter’s Fall Meeting, November 1

Attention Californians! The next ARLIS/NA Northern California Chapter meeting will be held Friday, November 1, 2019, on the University of California campus. This meeting marks the first time their Chapter will meet jointly with the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of the Special Libraries Association. This all-day meeting will include a tour of the Art History/Classics Library, a no-host lunch at the Faculty Club, and a guided tour of the Phoebe Hearst Anthropology Museum ($10 fee per person). Mark your calendar, and registration details will be posted closer to the meeting date.

Tour of the Art History/Classics Library, Doe Library (Lynn Cunningham, Art Librarian)

Northern California Chapter Business Meeting

Joint luncheon with Special Libraries Association at the Men’s Faculty Club (designed by architect Bernard Maybeck)

Tour of Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology led by
Research Anthropologist Ira Jacknis

Explore the Berkeley campus on your own.

Midstates Chapter Fall Meeting, October 4-5 (Free for students!)

The ARLIS/NA Midstates Chapter Fall 2019 meeting will be held at the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan on Friday, October 4. The $20.00 meeting fee is waived for students. To register, visit the ARLIS/NA Midstates Chapter website:

Friday, October 4

8:30 – 9:00am, Breakfast, Welcome, and Introductions
deSalle Auditorium, Cranbrook Art Museum

9:00 – 10:15am
Business Meeting

10:15 – 10:30am

10:30 – 11:30am

11:30am – 1:00pm Lunch at Reflections Cafe, Cranbrook Institute of Science

1:00 – 2:00pm
Professional topic discussion (stay tuned for an opportunity to select the topic)

2:30 – 4:30pm
Guided Cranbrook Walking Tour: (extra cost of $30)

2:30pm Meet Center Staff at Cranbrook Art Museum
2:45pm Historic Cranbrook Campus walking tour
3:15pm Saarinen House tour
4:10pm Return to Cranbrook Art Museum, admission included in tour price

Optional Evening Activities:
6:00-7:30pm Claire Bishop lecture, deSalle Auditorium in the Cranbrook Art Museum.

The Cranbrook Institute of Science is open until 10:00pm on Friday evenings. Admission after 5:00pm is free on the first Friday of each month (underwritten by MASCO Corporation Foundation). All of the galleries will be open. Planetarium shows are $5.00 each and last approximately 45 minutes. Friday showing times: 6:00pm, 7:00pm, 8:00pm. and 9:00pm. Observatory is open 8:30-10:00pm, weather permitting.

Saturday, October 5

9am Meet for breakfast/coffee followed by DIY tours

Saturday will be a “Day in Detroit”. Indicate your interests on the registration form and the Midstates Chapter will facilitate informal group tours of Detroit. Potential sites include the DIA, MOCAD, Riverfront Walk and Eastern Market, Detroit Walking Tour, Public Art (e.g., Heidelberg Project, Street Art, Belle Isle, etc.).

Apply for the Elmar W. Seibel Scholarship!

Are you a current MLIS student in New England and interested in art librarianship, visual resources, and/or cultural heritage? Now is the time to apply for the Elmar W. Seibel Scholarship!

The New England Chapter of the Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) is now accepting applications for the Elmar W. Seibel Scholarship. Applications are due Friday, September 27, 2019

The purpose of this award is to support and encourage future art librarians by helping to defray student expenses (tuition, professional development, conference attendance, housing, materials, etc.) Additional information is available here.

Applicants must be aspiring art information professionals currently enrolled or accepted into a fully accredited New England school of library and information science.

$500 in award funding will be distributed to the selected applicant.

Applicants should send a letter describing themselves and their interest in art librarianship, visual resources, and/or cultural heritage with proof of enrollment (course schedule, transcript, etc.) in, or an acceptance letter from, an accredited New England school of library and information science.

Please note:
Award recipients are required to provide a written account of how they use the Seibel funds to help finance their education and/or professional growth. This account must be submitted to the ARLIS/NA New England Chapter Board no later than one month from the date of award disbursal.

Applications are due Friday, September 27, 2019

Please send applications or questions to:
John Schlinke, ARLIS/NA New England Chapter Past Chair

Tour the Glass House with the New England and NY Chapters

ArLiSNAP members are invited to join the New England and New York Chapters for a 2-hour group tour of The Glass House in New Canaan, CT on Monday, July 22nd at 1pm. If interested, sign up here.

  • Registration is first-come, first-served, and your spot isn’t secured until payment.
  • New England and New York chapter members receive a discounted price ($37) and priority registration until Tuesday, July 16th, though they expect enough space for non-members to join.
  • Non-members that sign up will be placed on a wait list. After Tuesday 7/16 at 5pm, they’ll be notified by email if there’s an available space on the tour and be prompted to pay $47.
  • The tour fee is non-refundable.

This is a great opportunity to meet chapter members and tour a 20th-century architectural landmark!