2021 ARLIS-ON Travel Award Winner

Photo of Delaney Sweep, ARLIS-ON 2021 Travel Award Winner


ARLIS/NA Ontario Chapter is happy to announce that Delaney Sweep has been awarded our 2021 Travel Award!

This grant is intended to promote professional development among chapter members and to encourage their involvement in ARLIS/NA Annual Conference. As this year’s conference in Montreal will be taking place virtually, ARLIS/NA Ontario is redirecting the travel award to support member’s registration and technological needs.

Delaney is a recent graduate of the Combined Degree Program (CDP) at University of Toronto’s Faculty of Information which allows students to earn both Master of Information and Master of Museum Studies degrees at the same time. Over the past year, Delaney has been chairing the ARLIS/NA ON’s UofT Student Chapter and coordinated a virtual Ask an Art Librarian event for student members.

We look forward to learning more Delaney’s experiences at the 49th ARLIS/NA Annual Conference and share her post-conference report on the chapter’s website.

49th ARLIS/NA Annual Conference (May 11-13)

> Register for the Conference

> Learn more about the 2021 Program Schedule

> Connect with all the conference news and updates on social media by using the hashtag #arlisna2021!

ARLIS-ON Spring Business Meeting (Online, May 1st, 10am – 12pm)

ARLIS/NA Ontario Chapter’s Spring Business Meeting

Registration for our Online Meeting is now open

information about ARLIS-ON spring meeting

Meeting Details:

Connection Instructions

Details will be provided once registered.

Registration Fees

Registration Fees have been waived for this meeting.


Meeting Agenda will be sent to those who have registered by April 29th, 2020.

Please send any questions you might have to arlisna.ontario@gmail.com

Reminder – Apply for ARLIS/NA Ontario Chapter Travel Award 2020

The Travel Award Committee of the ARLIS/NA Ontario Chapter is now accepting applications for the 2020 ARLIS/NA Ontario Travel Award. The award provides funding to support attendance at “Preserve, Enhance, Reimagine,” the annual ARLIS/NA conference in St. Louis, Missouri, April 20-24, 2020.

APPLY BY  January 13, 2020

This year’s award will be $750 CDN.

Learn more about 2020 ARLIS/NA Conference:   https://arlisna.org/stl2020/

ARLIS ON Silent Auction & Social: Mid-Century in Mid-Winter


silent auction logo with photo of Mid-century house 

ARLIS-ON Chapter is extremely pleased to be hosting

Mid-Century in Mid-Winter Silent Auction and Social  

Saturday January 11th from 2-5pm (ish)

Please join us for retro cocktails, yummy things and a Silent Auction of Mid-Century jewellery, kitchen and bar wares, pottery and glass!

The event will take place at the home of ARLIS-ON member Margaret English in Toronto. Please email arlisna.ontario@gmail.com to register and details on the location will be sent to you.

See below to see just a few of the items available for bidding. All funds raised will go to supporting ARLIS/NA 2021 Conference in Montreal and travel awards for our members to attend.

kitchen utensils, casserole dish, drinking glasses
Bright and beautiful! Kitchen Utensils, flowery casserole dish and birds of a feather drinking glasses
Pin, detail of pin and pendant
1950s cardigan pin for foodies!!! Roy Thompson Hall Commemorative medallion designed and signed by famous Canadian sculptress Dora de Pedery-Hunt.
glass dishes and teapot
Glassware, glassware …everwhere! Teapot
Bracelets and brooch
Bangles, Victorian style resin and marble figural brooch and Sterling brooch from Denmark
two necklaces
Celtic costume pendant and Calder-Influenced sculptural metal necklace

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: https://artheart.ca/about-us/our-partnerships

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:  http://canada.arlisna.org/category/awards

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 @ ecuad.ca, University Librarian, Emily Carr University of Art + Design.
  • Please do not send review copies until contacted.

Register for 2019 Fall Business Meeting!

Hi all,

Registration is now open for ARLIS/NA Ontario Chapter’s Fall Business Meeting.

ARLIS ON 2019 Fall Meeting date, time, location

Meeting Details:

Registration Fees

Cost for Business Meeting:

All funds go to ARLIS events and travel awards.

  • $20 – ARLIS-ON Chapter registered members (regular)
  • $10 – ARLIS-ON Chapter registered members (student / retiree)
  • $25 – Non-members
  • $15 – Non-members (student / retiree)

Payment methods:

  • Register online
  • eTransfer is preferred (we will email you with instructions)
  • Cash (exact amount) or cheque can be accept at event

Proposed Schedule for Business Meeting 

All events will take place at Artscape’s Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas Street East Toronto, On M5A 2B7) including meetings in the Centre of Social Innovation Regent Park.

10am – 11:20am: ARLIS Ontario Business Meeting (CSI Regent Park – meeting room #2: Blue Classroom, Daniel Spectrum)

11:30am – 12pm: Learn about the founding of Canada Comics Open Library and its online resources with CCOL President Rotem Diamant  (CSI Regent Park – meeting room #2: Blue Classroom, Daniel Spectrum – Main Floor )

12pm – 1:45pm: Lunch – Reservation is available at Paintbox Bistro (Daniels Spectrum – Main Floor)

1:45pm – 2:30pm: Tour of Canada Comics Open Library + time to peruse the collections (Centre for Social Innovation – 3rd floor)

2:30pm – 3:30pm – Tour of ArtHeart Community Art Centre (Daniels Spectrum – Studio 210)

3:30pm – 4pmDaniels Spectrum Hallways Galleries

Call for Nominations for 2020 Chapter Officers

We are seeking nominations for the following Executive positions:

  • Chair: Paulina Rousseau
  • Vice Chair: 
  • Treasurer: Amy Furness
  • Secretary: Shelley Woods
  • Student Representatives (If there are other institutions interested in participating with a student representative, please contact arlisna.ontario @ gmail.com):
    • University of Toronto – Faculty of Information
    • Western University – Faculty of Information & Media Studies

2019 Spring Business Meeting – Registration Open!

Please REGISTER online 

Meeting Details:

  • Date:  Friday July  26, 2019
  • Time / Location: Toronto
    • 10-12pm: ARLIS/NA ON Business Meeting 
      • Innis College Library, U of Toronto, 2 Sussex Avenue, Toronto
    • 12-2pm:  Travel + Lunch, Lansdowne/Bloor area (lunch is at own expense)
    • 2:30-4pm:  Museum of Contemporary Art
      • Tour with MOCA staff (2:30-3pm)
  • Directions: 
    • The closest Subway is St. George Station (take the St. George Exit, not Bedford)
    • Innis College Library located on the 2nd floor of the East Wing, above the Innis College Registrar Office.
    • Use the entrances closest to St. George St./ Sussex Ave intersection ( the East and West wings do not connect on the 2nd & 3rd floors).
    • The Library can be accessed by stairs or elevator, however the Library’s entrance does not open automatically so Library Staff can provide assistance.
  • Cost for Business Meeting:
    • FREE – ARLIS-ON Chapter registered  members (regular / student / retiree)
    • FREE – Attend via Skype
    • $10 for students and retirees non-members
    • $20 for non-members
    • Register Online (payment methods – etransfer, cash or cheque at event)
  • Cost for MOCA Tour:
    • $10 for ARLIS-ON Chapter members (regular / student / retiree)
    • $10 non-members

Please REGISTER online 

Job Posting – National Gallery of Canada – Archivist Position (till Jun 17)

Archivist – National Gallery of Canada

(Deadline – Jun 17, full details & apply online)

The National Gallery of Canada Library and Archives houses the most extensive collection of visual arts literature in Canada. Canadiana are collected comprehensively; other notable strengths are the history of the Western art from the late Middle Ages to the present, with particular emphasis on painting, sculpture and the graphic arts of Great Britain, France, Italy and the United States, and the history and technology of photography.  In addition to the historical records of the National Gallery of Canada, the Archives collects, preserves and makes accessible the fonds of artists, art dealers, art historians, collectors, artist-run centres, and others.  The Archives are of national importance as witness to the development of the visual arts in Canada since the founding of the National Gallery in 1880 to the present. 

Job Summary

Under the Chief, Library, Archives and Research Fellowships, the archivist will assist in the planning and implementation of the archival program of the Library and Archives. The Archivist will appraise, process, arrange, describe, and preserve the archival records of the National Gallery of Canada, with an emphasis on the Gallery’s institutional records, including electronic and audio-visual records. The Archivist will create and maintain databases, finding aids and other tools to facilitate the discovery of and access to the archival holdings of the Library and Archives, and provide reference service to Gallery staff and the public.

Main Duties:
To appraise, arrange, describe, and preserve archival collections, with an emphasis on the Gallery’s institutional records (including electronic records, installation photography, printed documentation, audio-visual and digital records). To provide reference service for the Archives collections, including tours and orientation to the collections in this area. To provides knowledge of and access to the holdings of the Library and Archives by developing and maintaining a digitization program to make these holdings accessible to internal and external researchers through the Gallery’s website. To promotes the collections and services of the Library and Archives through outreach activities.


  • Master’s degree from an accredited program in archival, library or information studies, or an equivalent combination of education and experience;
  • Master’s or undergraduate degree in Art History or a related discipline is preferred;
  • Experience appraising, processing, arranging and describing archival records;
  • Knowledge of records management practices;
  • Knowledge of preservation practices is preferred;
  • Knowledge of Canadian art history;
  • Knowledge of museum operations and organizational structure is desirable;
  • In-depth knowledge of archives and library principles, practices, and techniques including: RAD (Rules for Archival Description), and all relevant access to information, privacy and copyright legislation;
  • Experience using Library or Archives information management systems (e.g. Millennium from Innovative Interfaces Inc.), database software (e.g. DBTextworks and FileMakepro) and spreadsheets (MS Excel);
  • Ability to work in a web based environment and experience using HTML (Hyper Text Markup Language) is preferred;
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills; and
  • Effective organizational and analytical skills, detailed oriented with the ability to organize and prioritize tasks to meet deadlines and manage multiple projects concurrently.

Full Posting and Application Details

please visit our website.


Archiviste, Musée des beaux-arts

La Bibliothèque du Musée des beaux-arts du Canada possède la plus vaste collection de documents au Canada sur les arts visuels. Les collections de Canadiana sont exhaustives. Les autres grandes collections couvrent l’histoire occidentale des arts visuels depuis le bas Moyen Âge jusqu’à aujourd’hui, l’accent portant d’une part, sur la peinture, la sculpture et les arts graphiques en Grande-Bretagne, en France, en Italie et aux États-Unis, et d’autre part, sur l’histoire et la technologie de la photographie.   En plus des archives historiques du Musée des beaux-arts du Canada, les Archives recueillent, préservent et rendent accessible les fonds d’artistes, de marchands d’art, d’historiens de l’art, de collectionneurs, de centres artistiques et autres.  En tant qu’elles témoignent de l’évolution des arts au Canada depuis la création du Musée en 1880 jusqu’à nos jours, les Archives ont acquis une envergure nationale.

Résumé de l’emploi

Sous la direction du chef, Bibliothèque, archives et programme de bourses de recherche, l’archiviste doit contribuer à la planification et à la mise en œuvre du programme d’archivage de la division Bibliothèque et Archives. Il doit également évaluer, traiter, arranger, décrire et préserver les dossiers d’archives du Musée des beaux-arts du Canada en mettant l’accent sur les dossiers institutionnels du Musée, notamment les dossiers électroniques et audiovisuels. Il doit par ailleurs créer et tenir à jour diverses bases de données; trouver des aides ou des outils qui facilitent la découverte des ressources d’archives de la division Bibliothèque et Archives et améliorent l’accès à celles-ci; et offrir des services de référence au personnel du Musée et au grand public.

Tâches principales :

Évaluer, organiser, décrire et préserver les collections d’archives en mettant l’accent sur les dossiers institutionnels du Musée (notamment les dossiers électroniques, la photographie d’installation, la documentation imprimée, et les dossiers audiovisuels et numériques). Offrir des services de référence pour les collections d’archives, notamment des visites et des séances d’orientation pour les collections de ce secteur. Partager ses connaissances et assurer l’accès aux ressources de la division Bibliothèque et Archives en élaborant et en tenant à jour un programme de numérisation permettant de rendre ces ressources accessibles aux chercheurs internes et externes par le biais du site Web du Musée. Promouvoir les collections et les services de la division Bibliothèque et Archives au moyen d’activités de rayonnement.


  • Maîtrise d’un programme accrédité en archivistique, en bibliothéconomie ou en sciences de l’information, ou toute autres combinaison équivalente d’expérience et d’éducation;
  • Maîtrise ou baccalauréat en histoire de l’art ou dans une discipline connexe est préféré;
  • Expérience dans l’évaluation, le traitement, la préparation et la description de documents d’archives;
  • Connaissance des pratiques de gestion des documents;
  • Une connaissance des pratiques de préservation est souhaitée;
  • Connaissance de l’histoire de l’art canadien;
  • Connaissance des opérations et de la structure organisationnelle des musées (souhaitable);
  • Connaissance approfondie des principes, des pratiques et des techniques liées aux archives et à la bibliothéconomie (notamment les RDDA ou Règles pour la description des documents d’archives), ainsi que de toute législation pertinente en matière d’accès à l’information, de protection de la vie privée et de droits d’auteur;
  • Expérience avec les systèmes de gestion de l’information de la division Bibliothèque et Archives (par ex., Millennium d’Innovative Interfaces Inc.), les logiciels de bases de données (par ex., DBTextworks et FileMakepro) et les feuilles de calcul (MS Excel);
  • Une capacité à travailler dans un milieu Web et expérience avec HTML (langage de balisage hypertexte) est souhaitée;
  • Bonnes aptitudes de communication verbale et écrite;
  • Sens de l’organisation, aptitudes d’analyse et minutie, et capacité d’organiser des tâches, d’établir des priorités, de respecter des échéances et de gérer plusieurs projets simultanés.

Détails sur L’Affichage et L’ Application

Visitez notre site Web.