ARLIS-ON Fall Meeting and Visit to Daniels Spectrum

On Friday November 8 2019, members of the ARLIS/NA Ontario Chapter held the Fall Business Meeting at Centre of Social Innovation (CSI) at Daniels Spectrum in Regent Park.

In addition, the group learned about the Canada Comics Open Library from its founder Rotem Diamant and toured the space in CSI Regent Park.

ARLIS-ON tour of Canada Comic Open Library and booksCanada Comics Open Library (CCOL) is a non-profit and volunteer-run comics library located in Regent Park, Toronto, Ontario. CCOL was founded in the springtime of 2018. ARLIS-ON tour of Canada Comice Open Library, books and zines

The CCOL’s mission is to help make comics more accessible while increasing representation of marginalized communities in comics, with a focus on BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Colour), LGBTQ+, disabled, and women creators.

The CCOL has  a rich library collection and space, online resources (incl. Canadian Cartoonists Database), and community events.

CCOL is a very new organization dependent by passionate volunteers and donations. It is currently holding a fundraising campaign to  keep their doors open and pay rent for a year, cover administrative costs for the year, and make CCOL collection circulating!

The last stop on the Daniel’s Spectrum tour was ArtHeart, an art program for all ages that really brings the community together.

ArtHeart – Community Art Centre Sign and Studio

The Art Heart Community Centre provides free visual arts education, programs, materials and a healthy snack to the children and youth, as well as a hot nutritious meal to adults and seniors living in Regent Park and the surrounding neighbourhoods.

We were so lucky to meet with Timothy Svirklys, ArtHeart’s Studio Manager. Tim has been a community arts practitioner with ArtHeart for over twenty years in a variety of roles.

There are various opportunities to volunteer and donate to ArtHeart’s initiatives. Learn more about their partnerships here:

If you are an art or museum librarian, be sure to check out these welcoming and creative spaces and consider joining the ARLIS/NA Ontario Chapter.

Call For Mentors – ARLIS-ON Mentorship Program

Call for ARLIS-ON Mentors and URL

We are currently recruiting our brand new ARLIS/NA-ON Mentoring Program!

Want to hone your professional leadership skills, share your professional knowledge and experience, stimulate fresh perspectives in new and upcoming professionals, and contribute back to the profession? Consider being a mentor for Ontario’s Chapter of ARLIS/NA!

This pilot project is an excellent opportunity for you to share your experiences, knowledge, and advice with graduate students and new professionals!

Apply online to be a ARLIS/NA-ON Mentor

What qualifies you as a mentor?

  • You are a library professional with at least three years of experience
  • You can offer advice and guidance to someone who is entering or is new to the profession
  • You have significant experience in the library field or an area related to it

Why mentor?

Mentoring gives you the opportunity to:

  • Develop your leadership skills
  • Share your professional knowledge with new graduates
  • Advise new professionals on how to acclimatize to the profession and what to expect
  • Inspire and encourage new perspectives in others
  • Extending your professional networks as well as those of others
  • Contribute back to the profession

Role of the Mentor

  • Decide on the regularity, frequency, and method of contact with your mentee (face-to-face, phone, email, etc)
  • Provide guidance, advice and feedback to the mentee on topics related to the profession
  • Introduce the mentee to professional networks
  • Help them explore career development opportunities
  • Refer the mentee to others who might be able to assist with additional queries

Interested? Please apply to be a ARLIS/NA-ON Mentor!

2020 Melva J. Dwyer Award – Call for Nominations

The Melva J. Dwyer Award is given to the creators of exceptional reference or research tools relating to Canadian art and architecture. It was established in recognition of the contribution made to the field of art librarianship by Melva Dwyer, former head of the Fine Arts Library, University of British Columbia.

For more information, please visit the Awards page of ARLIS/NA Canada’s website:

The Melva J. Dwyer Award was established in recognition of the contribution made to the field of art librarianship by Melva Dwyer, former head of the Fine Arts Library, University of British Columbia. It is given to the creators of exceptional reference or research tools relating to Canadian art and architecture.

The award is adjudicated by a jury of three Canadian art information professionals and administered by the Canadian Liaison to the Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA).

The 2020 award will be announced and presented during convocation ceremonies at the 48th annual ARLIS/NA Conference in St. Louis, Missouri, in April 2020.


  • The title must relate to Canadian art and/or architecture, be produced by Canadian authors and be disseminated by Canadian sources.
  • The format of the reference or research tool can vary: print, electronic, multimedia or other vehicles will be considered.
  • The date of publication or release should be within the last two years of the date of nomination, although exceptions can be made for cumulative achievement.
  • Monographs, exhibition catalogues and periodical articles will be considered if the scope and quality of the bibliographic information or the arrangement of the main text merits recognition as a major reference or research tool.

Nomination Procedures

  • Nominations must be received by January 30, 2020. Each nomination should include full bibliographic information and a written justification assessing the importance of the work to the discipline.
  • Please send nominations to the ARLIS/NA Canadian Liaison for consideration by the jury: Suzanne Rackover srackover @, University Librarian, Emily Carr University of Art + Design.
  • Please do not send review copies until contacted.