2018 Spring Meeting – Registration Open!

Registration is now open for our 2018 Spring Business Meeting in Toronto!

We invite you to pre-pay using the Paypal button below.

This season’s meeting will take place on Thursday, April 26 and is all about access, outreach and innovative library spaces.  We will begin at the AGO Library and Archives for a viewing of the new library entrance and lounge and a presentation by Adrienne Connelly, the AGO’s Outreach & Programming Librarian.  After lunch we will head to Vtape at 401 Richmond for a sneak peek at their newly-renovated Research Centre and collaboration space, opening in May. Itinerary is as follows:

  • 10:00-10:30am:  Coffee meet & greet (E.P. Taylor Library & Archives, Art Gallery of Ontario)
  • 10:30am-10:45am: Presentation on AGO Library programming
  • 10:45am-12:30pm: Spring Business Meeting
  • 12:30-2pm: Group lunch at Ematei (not included in registration cost)
  • 2:30-3:30pm: Visit to Vtape’s Research Centre
  • 3:30-4:30pm:  Gallery crawl of 401 Richmond (optional)

The chapter needs nominees/volunteers to fill the Student Representative, and Vice-Chair positions. Please consider submitting your name or the name of a colleague who might be interested.

Fall Meeting 2017 in Hamilton – Thanks!

Thanks to everyone who came out to Hamilton for our Fall 2017 Business Meeting – and a big thank you to HPL Librarian Tammy Morse, Archivist Tracey Krause, and the staff of the Hamilton Public Library for hosting!

Our meeting included a behind-the-scenes tour of the HPL’s Archives; lunch at Merit Brewing; and a stroll through shops and galleries on Hamilton’s James Street North. It was fascinating to see the HPL’s collections and spaces and hear about their upcoming project and opportunities. It was also great to see the exciting restaurants, shops and other spaces Hamilton has to offer!

Interior view of the Hamilton Public Library Central Branch
Getting an overview of the Archive’s holdings and projects from HPL Archivist Tracey Krause
Winding through the closed stacks
Browsing the HPL’s art collection
U of T Art Librarian, Margaret English, holding a sword used during the War of 1812

2017 ARLIS/NA Ontario Travel Award – Application period now open!

We’re now accepting applications for our 2017 ARLIS/NA Ontario Travel award. The award provides funding to attend “Out of Bounds“, the annual ARLIS/NA conference in New York City, February 25 – March 1, 2018. This year’s award will be $750 CDN.

The deadline for application is December 15, 2017.

All are welcome to apply. Students, new professionals, and ARLIS/NA Ontario members are strongly encouraged.

For application details and eligibility, please visit our travel award page or email us at arlisna.ontario@gmail.com.

Best of luck to all who apply!

2017 Fall Meeting – Registration Open!

Registration is now open for our 2017 Fall Business Meeting in Hamilton! This season’s meeting will take place Friday, November 10, beginning at the Hamilton Public Library. The day will include a tour, lunch and stroll through Hamilton’s many art galleries. Itinerary is as follows:

  • 10:30am-12pm:  Fall Business Meeting at 5th Floor Boardroom of central branch of Hamilton Public Library
  • 12-1:30pm: Group lunch at the George Hamilton Restaurant and Bar (not included in registration cost)
  • 1:30-3pm:  Tour of HPL Art Collection and Archives, and talk with Community Librarian about Arts Programming
  • 3-5-ishpm:  Tour of James Street North small businesses, art galleries, and artist run centres
  • 6-11pm: For anyone wanting to take in a bit more of what Hamilton has to offer, the meeting will coincide with the James Street Art Crawl!

*A carpool van from a central location in Toronto may be available if there is sufficient interest.

Look forward to seeing you all there!

Fall 2017 meeting – Save the Date!

It’s that time again! Our Fall 2017 Business Meeting will take place Friday, November 10. This season’s meeting with take place in Hamilton, ON. The agenda will include a visit to the Hamilton Public Library, as well as a stroll through James Street art galleries, coinciding with the James Street North Art Crawl.

More details to follow. Hope to see you there!

Spring Meeting 2017

Thanks to everyone who came out to our Spring Meeting this past June at Ryerson University. Our members and guests were treated to tours of Ryerson’s new Student Learning Centre, Archives & Special Collections, Collaboratory, and more!

A special thanks to Architecture Librarian, Sonny Banerjee, and Special Collections Librarian, Alison Skyrme, for hosting!

2017 Spring Business Meeting – Registration Open!

Registration is now open for our 2017 Spring Business Meeting. This season’s meeting will take place on Thursday, June 15th at Ryerson University. The day will include:

  • Our formal Business Meeting at the Student Learning Centre
  • Group Lunch (not included in registration cost)
  • A tour of Ryerson’s Digital Media Experience Lab, New Archives & Special Collections, Collaboratory Space and the Student Learning Centre
  • And an (optional) tour of the Ryerson Image Centre

We hope to see you there!

U of T Architecure Librarian contract position

Irene Puchalski, one of our chapter members, and the University of Toronto’s Architecture Librarian, will be taking a Research Leave from July 1 – December 31, 2017. As a result the University of Toronto Libraries are seeking a Research Leave Replacement (6 month contract).

The Shore + Moffat Library is an incredible place to work, and I look fondly back on my time there as both a reference assistant, and as a contract librarian filling in during Irene’s previous Research Leave. If you know anyone who would be interested in this exciting opportunity, please do share it with them.

For more details please see the posting below:

Architecture Librarian (Librarian I or II), 6-month Contract Limited Term
Closes on Sunday, May 07, 2017
University of Toronto Libraries
Toronto, ON

POSITION: Architecture Librarian (Librarian I or II), 6-month Contract Limited Term
DEPARTMENT: University of Toronto Libraries
DATE REQUIRED: July 1, 2017

Are you looking for challenging, meaningful work in a supportive and diverse environment? Are you looking for a career at one of Canada’s top employers? Work where the world comes to think, discover and learn. Consider a career at the University of Toronto.

About the University of Toronto Libraries

The University of Toronto Libraries (UTL) system is the largest academic library in Canada and is ranked fourth among peer institutions in North America. The system consists of 44 libraries located on three university campuses: St. George, Mississauga, and Scarborough. This array of college libraries, special collections, and specialized libraries and information centres supports the teaching and research requirements of 215 graduate programs, over 60 professional programs, and more than 700 undergraduate degree programs. In addition to more than 12 million print volumes, the library system currently provides access to millions of electronic resources in various forms and over 29,554 linear metres of archival material. More than 150,000 new print volumes are acquired each year.  The Libraries’ data centre houses more than 200 servers with a storage capacity of 1.5 petabytes.

The Opportunity:
Reporting to the Deputy Chief Librarian, University of Tornoto Libraries, the incumbent will be required to direct and manage the services, resources, and staff of the Shore + Moffat Library. This Research Leave replacement position offers an excellent opportunity to gain diverse experience in an academic environment. The John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design offers professional Masters degrees in Architecture (MArch), Landscape Architecture (MLA), Urban Design (MUD), Visual Studies (MVS), and Honours Bachelor of Arts (Honours BA) in Architectural Studies and Visual Studies.
Learn about the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Urban Design: http://www.daniels.utoronto.ca


  • Conduct reference and research consultations with students and faculty
  • Provide instruction on library resources and the research process, including embedded information literacy instruction
  • Collection development in the areas of architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, visual studies
  • Liaise with Daniels program directors, faculty, and students
  • Supervise 1.7 library technicians, and oversee approximately 12 student assistants
  • Supervise and coordinate library services – circulation, course reserves, collection maintenance, interlibrary loans
  • Monitor issues with library equipment and liaise with IT at Daniels
  • Serve on library and faculty committees
  • Develop and maintain the library website

Required Qualifications

  • ALA-accredited Master of Library Science degree or equivalent
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, strong organizational and problem solving skills, collaborative and responsive leadership skills, flexibility and a strong service orientation are essential
  • Public service experience
  • Excellent knowledge of print and electronic information resources appropriate for architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, and visual studies
  • Must be able to work independently and with staff, students, faculty, administrators and the design community

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience as a librarian working with architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, and visual studies in an academic library
  • Experience offering information literacy instruction
  • At least one year’s professional experience in an academic library setting
  • Supervisory experience in a unionized environment

Salary and Terms of Appointment
This is a Contractually Limited-Term appointment be filled at the Librarian I or II rank. Rank and salary will be commensurate with experience and academic/professional qualifications.

NOTE: Librarians at the University of Toronto are members of the University of Toronto Faculty Association.

Application Materials Required: A cover letter, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references of which at least two have supervised your work. Please send a single electronic file (MS Word or pdf) with a file name convention of [Surname, FirstName.Architecture] to Library Human Resources at utlhr@utoronto.ca; or to Room 1140, 130 St. George Street, University of Toronto Libraries, Toronto, Ontario M5S 1A5; or by fax to (416) 946-5543 by May 7, 2017.

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

The University of Toronto Libraries thanks all applicants but will only contact applicants selected for an interview.

University of Toronto Library System: http://onesearch.library.utoronto.ca/
University of Toronto: http://www.hrandequity.utoronto.ca/site3.aspx
Policies for librarians:  http://www.hrandequity.utoronto.ca/faculty-librarians.htm