ARLIS/NA Ontario Chapter Update

Spring is a time of renewal, and our chapter looks to start a new with the introduction of a monthly update.  As we look to engage further with our membership, this update hopes to connect you with activities and information important to our society’s mission “to foster excellence in art and design librarianship and image management”.  With the introduction of this initiative, we will also be looking for input from you on how we can improve.  Are there issues or learning opportunities you think we should be addressing, let us know!
Opportunities for Involvement with the Executive Board
With the New Year comes a new Executive.  We would love to thank our outgoing executive of Joanne Wadden (Secretary), Melissa Bruno (Past Chair) and Stephen Spong (Chair) for their excellent service.  During our fall business meeting, we saw the formation of our new executive with Nancy Perrin (Chair), Stephen Spong (Past Chair), Catherine Falls (Treasurer), Sam Tator (Secretary), Emily Woodcock (Western Student Representative), Eva Athanasiu and Lauren Orav (UofT Co-Student Representatives).

We are currently still seeking candidates for the position of Vice-Chair.

If you are interested in becoming involved please feel free to contact us

Conference Travel Award – Call for Applications

It is the season for conferences, so we are again offering a travel award to an active chapter members.  This grant is intended to promote professional development by offering financial support to attend our parent society’s annual conference. The award this year will be in the amount of $1000 in order to attend the 43rd Annual Conference, held in Fort Worth, Texas from March 19-23, 2015.
Award eligibility requires candidates be a current ARLIS/NA Ontario member in good financial standing. Chapter officers, new professionals who have never attended the ARLIS/NA annual conference, and those who will be participating directly in conference sessions or who currently volunteer on an ARLIS/NA committee, are especially encouraged to apply for the grant.
The successful applicant will be required to write a brief, one to two page report of conference activities and experiences to be presented at an upcoming business meeting and featured on the ARLIS/NA Ontario website. Chapter members who have previously received an ARLIS/NA Ontario travel award or grant are free to apply again.  If no suitable applications are received the grant will not be awarded.

Due to the late call for applications, this award will be received following the completion of the conference.  To apply please send a CV and a short summary outlining how you meet the following criteria;

  • Eligibility
  • Financial need
  • Evidence of activity in the chapter or in ARLIS/NA
  • Potential for service in ARLIS/NA

Deadline for Applications is Friday, March 27, 2015 at 5pm, please email submissions to

Travel Award Committee – Call for Participants

If you are unable to attend the conference, please consider taking part in the Travel Award Committee.  We are currently seeking a minimum of three active members to participate in the selection of the winning candidate for this year’s Travel Award.  It requires a minimal commitment and the process will be completed virtually.  In order to be eligible you must be a current ARLIS/NA Ontario member in good financial standing and not applying to receive the Travel Award for this current year.

If you would like to participate please contact on or before Friday, March 27, 2015.

Upcoming Events


Visit Vtape and the YYZ Artists’ Outlet with ARLIS/NAON!

Want to learn more about artist-run centres for culture + information in Toronto? Interested in digital preservation, exhibitions, arts publications, public programming, or audio/visual resources information? On behalf of the Ontario Chapter of the Art Libraries Society of North America, please join your University of Toronto iSchool student representatives for a tour of Vtape and the YYZ Artists’ Outlet, both located in the 401 Richmond Street West arts hub. Vtape is a leading source of video and new media art, and runs an extensive online catalogue and on-site research centre. YYZ projects include publications, exhibitions, artist residencies, and a lending library!

The tour will take place on Friday, March 27th from 12:45 – 2:45 pm.
All are welcome, but space is limited.
This event is FREE! Please RSVP to Eva Athanasiu at

Save the Date – Spring Business Meeting

We all know how quickly our schedules fill up, so we would like everyone to know about our upcoming Spring Business Meeting.  We have currently set the date for Friday, May 8th.  Time and location information to follow soon, we hope to see you there!

Summer Educational Institute for Visual Resources and Image Management (SEI)

Registration is now open for SEI held as the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
June 9-12, 2015. The Institute is a joint project of the Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) and the Visual Resources Association Foundation (VRAF).  This workshop focuses on addressing the requirements of today’s visual resources and image management professionals.
Expert instructors cover a range of topics, such as:

  • Intellectual Property Rights
  • Digital Imaging and Digital Preservation
  • Metadata and Cataloging
  • Project Management
  • Professional Growth and Development

SEI is open to all individuals interested in visual resources and image management and participants receive a Certificate of Completion from ARLIS/NA-VRAF, signed by the ARLIS/NA president and the VRA Foundation chair.