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Reminder: Apply for the 2015 Gerd Muehsam Award!

This is a great opportunity for students and new professionals. Read more below!

 

The 2015 Gerd Muehsam Award

The Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) sponsors the annual Gerd Muehsam Award, recognizing excellence in a graduate student paper or project on a topic relevant to art librarianship. ARLIS/NA established the award to honor the memory of Gerd Muehsam (1913-1979), distinguished scholar, teacher, and art bibliographer, whose support of and dedication to ARLIS/NA was an inspiration to her colleagues and students.

Requirements
•       Graduate students must have created the project or written the paper during the preceding 18 months while enrolled in an accredited graduate library program or in a post-graduate library school program in art history or a related discipline
•       The paper or project must be in conjunction with a course assignment
•       One submission is allowed per person or group

Required Format
•       Papers: The paper must be 10-25 pages, typed, double-spaced on single sides of 8.5 x 11 inch paper. The paper must include an abstract of 250 words.  The title page must include a paper title, the name of the entrant and the institution attended, the name of the faculty member for whom it was written, and the course title.  Applicant name and information should appear only on the title page. The bibliography and footnotes should follow an accepted format, such as the Chicago Manual of Style or The Elements of Style by Strunk and White. For group projects, all participant names and assigned roles should be included on the title page. In addition, authors must inform the committee chair if their contribution has been published previously or is being considered for publication.
•       Internet projects: If an Internet project, a 250-word summary of the project, its URL, the name of the institution and course for which it was created, and the name of the faculty member assigning the project must be included.  It must also be accessible to all of the committee members for review.
•       All applicants must include their mailing addresses, email addresses, and telephone numbers with their applications.

Judging Criteria
•       Papers and projects will be judged on their relevance to art librarianship or visual curatorship, depth of research and scholarship, quality of organization, appropriate use of terminology, style and readability, and originality of thought or observation.

Deadline
•       Entries must be postmarked or emailed by 5:00 P.M., PST, on Friday, December 5, 2014.  They will not be returned.  All applicants should receive notification of the results by February 15, 2015.

Please Address and Mail or Email Entries To:

Alan Michelson, Chair, Gerd Muehsam Award Committee, alanmich@uw.edu
Head, Built Environments Library, University of Washington Libraries.


Chapter Opportunity: ARLIS/NA Northwest Chapter 2014 Chapter Meeting Travel Award! – Deadline Thursday, October 16

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Climb the Space Needle!

Ride Seattle’s Great Wheel!

See some amazing architecture! (Asian Art Museum, Stimson-Green Mansion, Seattle Central Library)

Visit some great libraries!

Don’t be shy, apply!

$200.00 to go to the ARLIS/NA Northwest Chapter Meeting in Seattle, November 7-8, 2014.

MEETING INFORMATION: http://arlisnw.wordpress.com/ (still under development)

Eligibility:
Applicants must be current members/affiliates of the Northwest Chapter, this includes members who are still currently students. If you have not yet joined the Chapter or renewed your membership for 2014 please contact me directly for details on membership and/or renewal.

Criteria:
The Chapter’s executive committee will consider these factors in evaluating the applications:
- Is this the first time the member has attended a chapter meeting?
- Is the member actively involved in the Northwest Chapter?
- What are the member’s specific goals for the chapter meeting (e.g. giving a paper, serving on a committee, professional development, organizing Seattle 2016)?
- What level of financial support is available from the member’s home institution?

Application:
Please send your application with the following information to Suzanne Rackover, Chair, ARLIS/NA Northwest Chapter (suzanne_rackover@banffcentre.ca)

1. Name
2. Position/Title
3. Institution
4. Address
5. Phone number
6. Email address
7. Short explanation of why the Chapter should support your attendance at the annual conference (not to exceed 250 words).

Deadline:
All eligible applications submitted by Thursday, October 16 will be considered.

**In addition to attending the meeting, the award winner must also submit a written report on the conference to the Chapter Secretary by Friday, December 5, 2014. This report will be posted on the NW Chapter’s website http://nw.arlisna.org/ and meeting information page http://arlisnw.wordpress.com/

The executive committee looks forward to receiving many applications!

Kind regards,

Suzanne

Suzanne Rackover

Chair, ARLIS/NA-Northwest Chapter

MEETING INFORMATION: http://arlisnw.wordpress.com/

CHAPTER WEBSITE: http://nw.arlisna.org/


Chapter Opportunity: ARLIS/NA/TXMX Student Award Deadline Extension

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2014 Student Award Deadline Extension

(Applications Due: October 6th, 2014)

The ARLIS/NA Texas-Mexico Chapter has extended the deadline for our Student Award, generously funded by Eric Wolf, Head Librarian at the Menil Collection in Houston, Texas. This award covers both ARLIS/NA student membership dues of $50 and local chapter dues of $10 for one year and gives the new member a financial incentive to attend the local chapter annual meeting. By granting this award, we intend to encourage student involvement in the Art Libraries Society of North America on both a national level and, as importantly, on a local chapter level.

This is a big year for Texas! Our local chapter will have its annual meeting in Orange from October 17 through 19, 2014 where the Stark Museum, a southeast Texas gem, will open its doors to us. Next year, from March 19 through 23, 2015, the 43rd Annual ARLIS/NA Conference will take place in Fort Worth. As a student member of ARLIS/NA and the ARLIS/NA Texas-Mexico Chapter, these and future conferences will allow you professional development and networking opportunities related to all types of art libraries. Attending these conferences will give you the chance to see important works of art and architecture in large cities across the United States and Canada.

The award committee urges all students with interest and need to apply, and we especially encourage first-time conference attendees. To meet the primary requirement, applicants must lack full institutional funding.

Apply for the Student Award by submitting a letter of application and a curriculum vitae to the Award Committee chair Lynn Wexler at lwexler@mfah.org. The letter must include a statement of qualification and proposed conference program involvement.

The deadline for applications has been extended to Monday, October 6th, 2014. The award committee will announce the winner on Friday, October 10th, 2014.

Direct all inquiries to the 2014 Award Committee chair: Lynn Wexler (The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston). Other members of the 2014 committee are Joel Pelanne (Museum of Fine Arts Houston) and Beth Dodd (University of Texas, Austin).

Submitted by Lynn Wexler, Chair, Lois Swan Jones Award Committee

 

Lynn Wexler

Reference Librarian

Hirsch Library

MFAH Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

1001 Bissonnet Street

Houston, TX 77005

  1. 713.353.1510f. 713.639.7795

lwexler@mfah.org


Grant: the Carnegie Whitney Award for Reading Lists

Someone on the ARLIS-L listserv forwarded me this great grant opportunity from the ALA:

The Carnegie-Whitney Grant provides an award that is based on a special fund first established by Andrew Carnegie in 1902, “the income of which is to be applied to the preparation and publication of such reading lists, indexes and other bibliographical and library aids as will be especially useful in the circulating libraries of this country.” The Carnegie Fund was subsequently enhanced by a merger with a fund established by James Lyman Whitney in 1910. The Publishing Committee, a standing committee of the American Library Association, administers the grant.

The Carnegie-Whitney Grant provides grants for the preparation of popular or scholarly reading lists, webliographies, indexes and other guides to library resources that will be useful to users of all types of libraries in the United States.

Grants are awarded to individuals; local, regional or state libraries, associations or organizations, including units, affiliates and committees of the American Library Association, or programs of information and library studies/science.  International applicants welcome.

The project(s):

  • Must be focused on American Libraries
  • Must demonstrate how the project would stimulate the use of library resources
  • Must have the potential appeal and usefulness to a broad audience
  • Must be intended for national distribution
  • Must meet a need for publication
  • Must be completed within two years.
  • Must be new or in process.  Completed works, works under contract for publication, or projects associated with the completion of academic work are not eligible.

Grants are up to $5000 and several are awarded each year. This year’s deadline is November 4th, 2014.You can check out the application process and past recipients here:

http://www.ala.org/offices/publishing/sundry/alapubawrds/carnegiewhitney

Am I the only one thinking about a reading list of visual/digital literacy competencies and research? Or a list of copyright info for cultural heritage workers, or any number of genre-specific art guides, or ….. (Seriously, I would happily collaborate on a proposal for any of these. Drop me a line.)


Call for Award Applications: The Library Juice Press Essay Contest

The yearly call for essays is up! The deadline is September 1st, so you have all of this month to polish up some leftover schoolwork (if that’s how you wanna do it).

http://libraryjuicepress.com/contest.php

The intention of this contest is to encourage and reward good work in the field of library and information studies, humanistically understood, through a monetary award and public recognition.

The contest is open to librarians, library students, academics, and others.

Acceptable paper topics cover the full range of topics in the field of library and information studies, loosely defined.

Papers submitted may be unpublished, pending publication, or published in the year of the award.

Single and multiple-authored papers will be accepted.

Any type of paper may be entered as long as it is not a report of an empirical study. Examples of accepted forms would be literature review essays, analytical essays, historical papers, and personal essays. The work may include some informal primary research, but may not essentially be the report of a study.

Submitted papers may be part of a larger project.

The minimum length is 3000 words. The maximum length is 10,000 words.

Criteria for judgment:

  • Clarity of writing
  • Originality of thought
  • Sincerity of effort at reaching something true
  • Soundness of argumentation (where applicable)
  • Relevance to our time and situation

The award shall consist of $1000 and a certificate suitable for framing.

Entries must be submitted in MS Word format by September 1st. Entries may be submitted to inquiries@libraryjuicepress.com.

The winning paper, and possibly a number of honorable mentions, are announced on November 1st.

Papers will be judged by a committee selected for their accomplishments in the field, and in order to represent a range of perspectives.

Although we are a publisher, submission of a paper for this award in itself does not imply any transfer, licensing, or sharing of your publication rights.


Student Essay Award: Pratt Severn Best Student Research Paper Award from ASIS&T

Here’s another opportunity to get published, fund a conference trip, and notch up your resume:

The Best Student Research Paper Award is organized by the Association for Information Science and Technology, and rewards a masters-level research effort that in some way involves technology. (Metadata? Cataloguing technology? Arts databases? Digitization techniques? Tumblr for institutions?) The prize includes possible publication in the society’s journal, and $500 to defray the cost of attending the annual conference.

The deadline for submission is June 15th. Your submission needs to fall under the general scope of the Journal of the Association for Science and Information Technology. The award will be presented at their annual conference, in Seattle this year, October 31st – November 4th.

Eligibility:

Any student in a Masters degree-granting institution can submit a paper. Doctoral theses are not eligible.

Papers submitted must fall into the scope of JASIST and must be endorsed by a faculty sponsor for submission to the contest.

Papers submitted should be original manuscripts (not previously published) and should not be submitted to other publications or groups while they are being considered by the Jury.

You’ll need to submit a cover letter with your personal information, the paper (without identifying information), and “no more than two letters of endorsement from faculty sponsors.”

Your work will be judged on “technical competence in information science, significance of information science findings, originality, and clarity of expression.” You’ll find the electronic submission process at the awards page.


Student Essay Award: Book History Essay Prize

Book History, a yearly scholarly journal on the history of printing and publishing, gives away an annual essay award to graduate students writing about books. It’s composed of a $400 cash prize and publication in the journal.

http://www.sharpweb.org/book-history-essay-prize/

“The deadline for submission for each editorial year is 31 August. Please contact either Ezra Greenspan or Jonathan Rose for more information.”

It doesn’t seem to require that the essay be written for class credit, or suggest a word limit or range. So, if you don’t have any appropriate pieces lying around, you can start writing now to meet that end-of-summer deadline. You’ll want to follow the rather loose guidelines for submission to the journal, at the bottom of this page:

“Authors should send to the appropriate editor one copy of their work – either in hard copy or in electronic form as a Microsoft Word file, or both – which should be typed double spaced (including notes and citations) and documented in accordance with the Chicago Manual of Style. The manuscript may be submitted as an email attachment, after advance notice to the editor. The title page should include the author’s name, telephone number, postal address, and E-mail address. Contributors are welcome to submit illustrations and graphs with their texts. Due to the journal’s book-length format, essays of unusual length are welcome. Submissions acceptable to the editors will be double reviewed by outside experts in the field.”

Access to previous issues of Book History can be had through membership in SHARP or Project Muse. You might also be interested in this list of past essay prize winners.


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