ARLIS MOQ August 7, 2020 – Invitation to Participate

MOQVirtualSocial Invitiation

ARLIS ON has been invited by ARLIS MOQ  to attend ARLIS/NA MOQ Virtu*l, which will take place on Friday August 7th virtually.

Below is the invitation from Rachel Harris, current President of ARLIS MOQ, and on behalf of ARLIS MOQ’s executive committee. This is a wonderful, collaborative opportunity, and on behalf of both chapters, we hope you can make it!

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ARLIS MOQ cordially invites ARLIS Ontario to attend ARLIS/NA MOQ Virtu*l, which will take place on Friday August 7th virtually.

Following ARLIS MOQ’s chapter business meeting, we are looking forward to meeting members of ARLIS Ontario. Please RSVP before Thursday, July 30th by completing this google form.

Program of the day

15:00 – 16:00 Optional Anti-Racism/Black Lives Matter Reflection and Resource Sharing

17:00 – 19:00 ARLIS 2021 Conference Planning and Miranda July-inspired virtual arts. Franglais, a combination of French and English, is welcome in this ARLIS MOQ meets ARLIS Ontario gathering


Activity Description

Between 3:00 pm and 4:00 pm, we will have an optional moment of reflection and resource sharing on manifestations of systemic racism in our society and profession and on resilience movements such as Black Lives Matter.

The day will conclude with a 5 à 7 for a virtual opportunity for both chapters to meet. We are all encouraged to have our favourite beverage and snacks of choice on hand. The purpose is simple: meet and greet with colleagues between our provinces, and celebrate virtual art practices along the way. The ARLIS 2021 Conference planning committee are invited to say a word or two, and then we will embark upon a Miranda July-inspired show and tell virtual experience in the form of Zoom breakout rooms.

Miranda July and Harrell Fletcher’s relational aesthetics project Learning to Love You More (active from 2002-2009) consists of a series of online assignments and submissions, which enable participants to experience everyday moments and objects in new ways. To celebrate the creative participatory impetus in July and Fletcher’s work, and to simply have fun we encourage participants to actively choose or adapt an assignment to show and tell. This is a low stakes experimental activity: the assignment can be presented in any state of completion. Alternatively, you might simply want to browse the Learning to Love You More site and identify something helpful, inspiring, uplifting or outright funny. Or perhaps, you have found some other inspiring digital work or online exhibition that you would like to share instead.

Option to contribute to our MOQ DOC
For those who go through the work of creating a Miranda July-inspired assignment, our MOQ DOC welcomes submissions in the form of text, image, sound, that highlights the experience or the assignment itself. Please indicate the name of the assignment that you drew inspiration from and a very brief description. Please send your submission to arlismoq@gmail.com.

We look forward to seeing you on August 7th!

Rachel, David, Agathe, Hélène, Amy, and Adèle

Your ARLIS/NA MOQ executive committee

ARLIS/NA Virtual Conference 2020

ARLIS/NA’s Executive Board and planning team for the ARLIS/NA 2020 Virtual Conference  invite you to participate in this year’s conference.  The Virtual Conference will offer a virtual experience featuring sessions and workshops focused on the theme of Preserve, Enhance, Reimagine – the theme of this year’s Annual Conference that was unfortunately cancelled due to COVID-19.

This event is free and open to anyone and will be taking place July 29-31, 2020. ARLIS/NA is excited to offer and provide an engaging, meaningful experience for both members and art information professionals at large!

Please register today!

 

ARLIS-ON Statement Against Anti-Black Racism and Violence

Dear ARLIS – ON Members and Colleagues,

In light of recent and ongoing events, ARLIS-ON is adding its voice to the numerous associations and organizations condemning racism and violence against Black people, as well as the senseless acts of brutality perpetrated by police that have taken countless lives in the U.S. and Canada. ARLIS-ON condemns the oppression of Black individuals not only in Canada and the U.S., but across the globe.

We are forwarding you to ARLIS/NA’s Statement Against Anti-Black Racism and Violence, and encourage you to read it in full. The ARLIS-ON Board aligns itself with ARLIS/NA and recognizes that much effort is required in order to eliminate structural racism in the visual arts information profession, and to create authentic, enduring cultural change. In partnership with the Diversity Committee and the Strategic Directions Committee, and building on ARLIS/NA’s existing work around diversity and inclusion, and building on current work,  the ARLIS/NA board will identify specific goals and actions this organization and its membership can take to eliminate this structural racism. Like ARLIS/NA, ARLIS-ON acknowledges that the work of recognizing and eradicating racism is not solely in the hands of a single committee or an executive board, particularly in a member-driven organization such as ARLIS/NA. The input and efforts of the membership is integral as well.

We believe that Black Lives Matter. We stand in solidarity with our Black colleagues, members, and library users, and we cannot accept a world where Black people live in fear of discrimination, violence, injustice, and oppression.

Additionally, like ARLIS/NA, ARLIS-ON acknowledges that our statement here does not resolve long-standing and numerous injustices, and that numerous honest conversations about racism must be had and outcomes acted upon in order to correct and ameliorate the current atmosphere. Like ARLIS/NA, ARLIS-ON will hold itself accountable to continue the challenging, but necessary, work ahead: educating and self-educating, disrupting structural racism perpetuated in our institutional systems, and building equity through forums for discussion, policy, and action.

Kirsty Robertson’s Tear Gas Epiphanies Honoured with the ARLIS/Canada 2020 Melva J. Dwyer Award

The Melva J. Dwyer Award, a prize that recognizes the contribution made to the field of art librarianship by Melva Dwyer, former head of the Fine Arts Library, UBC, and that is given to the creators of exceptional reference or research tools related to Canadian art and architecture, was recently presented to Kirsty Robertson, for her volume Tear Gas Epiphanies: Protest, Culture, Museums, published by MQUP. 

This remarkable volume narrates the not yet told story of political action at museums in Canada from 1900 to present day. It is filled with meaningful case studies, comprehensively articulating that political action must be considered as a significant aspect of museums’ histories. The author draws together extensive primary source research and analysis, and critically examines numerous intersections between national identity, institutional critique, social responsibility, decolonization, the indigenization of museum spaces, political economy, environmental activism, and many others. An Honorable Mention was given to Allyson Mitchell’s and Cait McKinney’s (eds.)  Inside Killjoy’s Kastle: Dykey Ghosts, Feminist Monsters, and Other Lesbian Hauntings, published in 2019 by UBC Press.

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). For additional information, please see the Award website. ARLIS/Canada represents Canadian art information professionals within ARLIS/NA and serves as their national association. For more information, please visit their website

 

 

 

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.

Schedule

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

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.

 

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

POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER

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

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!