ARLIS/NA 43rd Annual Conference: Some Thoughts

Another ARLIS/NA Conference has come and gone; Art Librarians from not only North America, but from around the globe, congregated in Fort Worth, Texas last week to discuss current trends and issues in our niche field of librarianship, debate the future of art books and bibliography in the wake of e-publishing, and just generally mingle with one another. Unlike past years, however, this year I got to count myself as one of the conference’s many attendees. That’s right, folks, I actually had the opportunity to attend our parent organization’s annual conference, and I’ve got the tote bags to prove it…I know, you’re all very happy for me.

So I went to the conference really hoping to come away with concepts to implement in my own workplace, and although there were some very interesting presentations, the truth is that many of the topics discussed were not all that applicable to my niche within a niche library.  As someone who works in the private sector, an art gallery to be exact, something like library programming, while important to many art libraries, is not something that works, or is necessary, for a corporate art library.

Yet despite this, what some might call, failing, I still feel as though I got a lot out of my time at ARLIS/NA. I walked away with a large number of resources previously unknown (to me) from which the users of my library will definitely benefit, such as the Art Discovery Group Catalogue (ADGC), the first discipline-specific view of WorldCat records, and I cannot wait to introduce my users to this, as well as many other cool new tools.

Of course, conferences are also about networking, which is especially important for those of us new to the art library world, either as students or as new professionals. I met some really great people and had some interesting conversations. Of particular note to me was a fascinating conversation about how to deal with post-it notes in books when the person who put them there has the authority to request that said post-its remain in perpetuity…yeah, that’s a thing that happens in private libraries. Anyway, the short answer is: try to explain that post-its are the mortal enemy of books, but the long answer is, try to come up with alternatives for your users, even if it means you may have to take on more work.

So that was my first ARLIS/NA conference-going experience, and I think it rather rocked. How about you guys? Did you go? If so, how was it? Any cool takeaways?

Let the knowledge sharing continue!

Some good resources from the ARLIS/NA 43rd Annual Conference:

Art Discovery Group Catalogue (ADGC) –

Getty Research Portal –

A/V Artifact Atlas (AVAA) –

Quality Control Tools for Video Preservation (QC Tools) –

Job Opportunity – Architecture Librarian – City College of New York


The City College Library invites nominations and applications for the position of Chief of the Architecture Library. The successful candidate will be service oriented and enthusiastic in working with library patrons.

The Librarian is responsible for directing the Architecture Library (the Library) located in the Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture. The Library is one of six CCNY libraries, and the successful candidate will join a campus-wide community of approximately 21 professional librarians, 20 administrative support staff, and 50+ student assistants. The Library has a growing collection of some 30,000 architecture monographs and bound journals, subscriptions to approximately 150 architecture-related journals in print and online, both domestic and foreign. The library additionally provides access to a large and growing collection of electronic books.

The Library serves the students, faculty, and visiting professors in undergraduate and graduate programs in Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Urban Design and Sustainable Urbanism. The Library serves as a significant information resource center.

Click here for more information and application instructions.

Job Opportunity – Department Assistant – Library and Archives – MoMA

Department Assistant | Library and Archives
Provides administrative support to the chiefs of MoMA Library and Archives. Works with supervisors on annual budget preparation, processes accounts payable and receivable, and monitors departmental spending. Plans and organizes meetings and events for both departments and constituent groups, including Trustee Committee on Archives, Library, and Research and the Library Council. Tracks dues payment for the Trustee Committee and the Library Council, as well as gifts and grants for specific projects for both departments. Works with Library Council editor on yearly artist’s book project. Tracks and records staff attendance on a weekly basis. Oversees maintenance of physical plant, and relations with outside service vendors. Serves as liaison to Information Technology department. Coordinates outgoing Library exchange program. Provides administrative support for archival research functions, including fact checking, drafting letters, logging, pulling materials, and scheduling appointments. Performs administrative support duties. Reports to Chief of Library and Chief of Archives.

Requirements: Bachelor’s degree, with a major or minimum of 16 credits in art history; knowledge of modern art preferred. Minimum of three years relevant administrative experience. Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, Gmail, and other standard office procedures and equipment. Excellent organizational skills. Proficiency with tracking finance and budgets. Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Ability to take direction and work as part of a team. Experience with PeopleSoft preferred.

MoMA Jobs application guidelines

If you would like to submit your resume and cover letter for consideration, please choose one of the following options:

By e-mail: (most preferred option)
By fax: (212) 333-1107
By mail: The Museum of Modern Art
The Department of Human Resources
11 West 53 Street
New York, NY 10019

Please be advised that due to the high volume of applicants, we are only able to contact those candidates whose skills and background best fit the needs of the open positions. Thank you for your interest in employment opportunities at The Museum of Modern Art.


arlisnapThe new issue of the ArLiSNAP Newsletter is here once again to catch you up on all the news and posts from the last week.

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Newsletter 037: Mar. 16-22, 2015

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Listservs to follow: ALCTS eForum on internships

If you’re sitting at home and missing ARLIS’s annual conference right now, you might want to subscribe to this instead:

The ALCTS eForum has occasionally two-day intensive conversation on a particular topic. Yesterday was day one of interning — how to get the most out of it as a grad student / new professional, and how to offer good ones if you’re at an institution. Non-members can sign up, and you can access the archives if you just want to read without contributing here.

Good afternoon,

We are pleased to announce next week’s e-Forum entitled “Interning: A
Supervisor’s and Student’s Perspectives,” which is scheduled to start on
March 19, 2015.

Are you currently completing an internship or have any advice for those in
one? March’s e-Forum will focus on the sharing experiences and discussing
“what makes a great internship.” Topics will include: what are great
questions to ask a supervisor, how to choose the right location, how this
impacts your future career or how it helps with your current job, and so much
more. We look forward to a stimulating, valuable conversation about
internships and how they work for institutions, schools, and students.


Professor Mary Wilkins Jordan has a BA and a BS from Quincy University, a JD
from Case Western Reserve University, an MLS from University of Wisconsin –
Milwaukee, and a doctorate from University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill.
Prior to entering academia, Jordan worked in public libraries as a director
and administrator. Her research and consulting work now focuses on ways to
help libraries to function better and to serve their communities more
effectively. At the School of Library and Information Science at Simmons
College, she teaches Management and Evaluation classes, as well as Public
Libraries, Reference, and Internship, all with a focus on helping students
acquire the skills they need to be successful in their professional careers.
Prof Jordan can be reached by e-mail at Her
mailing address is Mary Wilkins Jordan, Simmons College SLIS, 300 The Fenway,
Boston, MA 02115.

Kristen Gallant is currently a graduate student in her last semester of the
LIS program at the University of Missouri-Columbia. She has a B.A. and M.A.
in Art History, with a focus in Medieval and Renaissance art. Her academic
interests are in digital libraries, art libraries, special collections,
collection development, and metadata. Her current practicum project is based
on the Foliophile publication, Pages from the Past. The project is a
collaborative effort between the Digital Services and Special Collections
departments at the University of Missouri-Columbia that involves collection
development, digitization, research, metadata creation, and web publication
of individual leaves. After graduation, Kristen hopes to find employment as a
librarian of an art department or in a digital library.

The ALCTS e-Forum discussion takes place using email, and you can expect to
see a number of emails on this topic during the two-day duration.  When the
moderators kick off discussion, you will receive an email message.  To
participate, you simply send messages to or
respond to an email sent to you.  The settings are designed so that responses
go to the entire list.  There is no special software or interface that you
have to use. If you wish to change topics or ask a new question, please
update the email subject line to identify your topic. This makes it easier
for others to follow the discussion. The moderators will be active during set
times of the e-Forum, but you are welcome to add to the discussion outside of
those times if that works better for your schedule.

Correction: Design the ARLIS/NW Chapter’s logo!

*please excuse cross-postings*

It was brought to my attention that under the Intellectual Property section of our submission guidelines, it was stated that ALL entries would become the property of the Chapter. That is incorrect. It now states that the winning entry will become property of the Chapter and that the winning designer will be credited/acknowledged where appropriate.

I apologize for any confusion this may have caused. Please let me know if you have questions.

– Traci


The ARLIS/NA Northwest Chapter is looking for a new visual identity and needs your help in designing a new chapter logo. This is an exciting time for our chapter as we prepare to host the joint ARLIS/NA-VRA Joint Conference in Seattle in 2016. The winning logo will be used on the Chapter’s website, Facebook page, documents, promotional materials, and more.* Our Chapter includes: Alaska, Alberta, British Columbia, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, and the Yukon Territory.


The contest is open to individuals, and membership in ARLIS/NA is not required. The contest is not open to companies, educational institutions, or organizations.

Deadline & Prize

The deadline for submissions is March 27, 2015.

The winner will receive a cash prize of $200.

The winner will be selected and notifications will go out no later than Friday, April 24, 2015.

More details, including submission guidelines and tidbits about our chapter, are found on our Chapter Website .

Please submit questions to Traci Timmons, Chair, ARLIS/NA Northwest Chapter,

* Please note this design will be used for NW Chapter materials only; this is not the design for the joint conference logo.


arlisnapThe new issue of the ArLiSNAP Newsletter is here once again to catch you up on all the news and posts from the last week.

Receive our newsletter in your inbox every Monday by subscribing via the link below. Nominate yourself or an associate to be highlighted; keep up with ARLIS news and exhibits from around the world; jot down important events and upcoming deadlines; say your piece in one of the ArLiSNAP discussions; or view and apply for jobs you might have missed. Thanks for reading!

Newsletter 036: Mar. 9-15, 2015

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