Students and Professionals Delighted by ARLIS/NA & SLA ROM MEGA-TOUR

On a chilly day in mid-December, UofT iSchool students took a break from their studies, and library professionals stepped away from their desks to participate in the ROM MEGA-TOUR: AS BIG AS THE DINOSAURS! Hyperbole aside, 15 guests joined ARLIS/NA Ontario Chapter and Special Libraries Association UofT Chapter to go behind the scenes at the Royal Ontario Museum, visiting the institution’s fascinating libraries and archives.

Librarian Max Dionisio showing visitors a Japanese scroll

Beginning at the Bishop White Committee Library of Easts Asia, librarian Max Dionisio entranced tour guests with an array of scrolls, prints and delicate books.

Student listening to talk infront of library shelves

While guests could have stayed at the East Asian Library for hours, the tour had other equally interesting stops to make. At the Richard Wernham and Julia West Library, Archivist, Charlotte Chaffey delighted visitors with a glimpse into the ROM’s storied past with selections from the personal fonds and research of remarkable staff members.

Visitors listening to Archivist, Charlotee Chaffey, speak at Wernham West Library

Last but certainly not least, head librarian Brendan Edwards took us into the stacks. After examining some of the more special tomes of the collection, Brendan generously shared his experiences in the specialty librarianship field with the group and answered our myriad of questions.

Visitors listening to Librarian Ben Edwards speak at Wernham West Library

Emerging from the hallowed halls of the ROM hours later, many tour participants headed over to The Bedford Academy Gastropub. Over drinks and food, students and professionals alike shared their thoughts and ideas about all we had discovered during this exciting experience. Thanks to all who attended!

Special thanks to Charlotte Chaffey, Max Dionisio and Brendan Edwards for being such generous and remarkable hosts.

Announcing our 2020 Travel Award Winner – Michelle Johnson!

We are very pleased to announce that Michelle Johnson is the recipient of this year’s ARLIS/NA Ontario’s Travel Award! The grant is intended to promote professional development among chapter members and to encourage their involvement in ARLIS/NA by defraying the expense of attending ARLIS/NA’s annual conference.

Michelle attends the University of Toronto’s Master of Information program and considers herself an “art librarian-in-training.” While pursuing her studies, she continues to work full-time at the Canadian Film Centre as the organization’s Manager of Annual Giving. Johnson earned her Hons. B.A. from the University of Toronto in Art and Art History, and received a Masters in Modern Art: Critical and Curatorial Studies from Columbia University. In 2019, she received a Canada Graduate Scholarship to support her research, focusing on moving image art and its accessibility to students.

Previously serving as the student representative for ARLIS/NA Ontario, she has recently been elected to serve as the Vice-Chair for the chapter, and will be transition into the Chair’s role in 2021. This will be the first time attending the ARLIS/NA annual conference.


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

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!