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.

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 @
    • 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.

AGO launches 1YR Pilot: Free for those under $25 and new annual pass for $35

Exterior photo of the Art Gallery of Ontario
AGO at Dusk by John from Wikimedia

In an effort to open its doors to more regular visitors, the Art Gallery of Ontario has announced it will be offering free admission to visitors under 25 years of age. For those of us who are forever young and a tad older, the AGO is now offering a new annual pass for the low price for $35.

Photo of AGO Gallery's Galleria Italia
Nicolas Lebrun from Pixabay

Framed by the organization as a one-year experiment, the scheme aims to better connect with and understand the AGO’s broader audience. The new changes are put into effect on May 25, 2019 and will be valid until May 25, 2020.

To read more about the scheme and its motivations click here:
CP24 – AGO offers free entry to those 25 and under, launches $35 annual pass – Art Gallery of Ontario Launches $35 Annual Pass

To pick up your pass visit:

Don’t want to miss out? Stay up to date and follow our social media accounts:
ARLIS/NA Ontario Facebook Page
ARLIS/NA Ontario Twitter

AGO Library Tour on Feb 19 – ARLIS / SLA Toronto Student Chapters

AGO Library photo and details about event

Join UofT Student Groups for ARLIS/NA Ontario and the Special Libraries Association-Toronto on a tour of the Art Gallery of Ontario’s E.P. Taylor Library & Archives! See art librarianship in action with this behind-the-scenes glimpse at one of Canada’s top art galleries.

Tour to take place on Tuesday February 19 at noon, with lunch to follow at the Village Idiot Pub.

Free for students, and $10 donations encouraged for professionals.

Email ARLIS Student Leader Michelle Johnson (shell.johnson @ for more information and to sign up

Event Info:

2018 Fall Meeting – Registration Open!

Fall business meeting fall trees


Registration is now open for our 2018 Fall Business Meeting at

Sheridan College’s Hazel Mcallion Campus in Mississauga! 


Meeting Details:

  • Date: Friday November 30, 2018 (10am-3:30pm)
  • Location:  B523 Boardroom at 4180 Duke of York Blvd, Mississauga, ON L5B 0G5
  • Directions:  Sheridan College’s Hazel McCallion Campus
  • Cost: $20 for regular members, $10 for students

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

Ticket Options




10am-12pm:  ARLIS/NA Ontario Business meeting (B523 Boardroom)

  • To add an item to the Meeting Agenda, please contact arlisna.ontario @
  • If you wish to attend the meeting remotely, please contact arlisna.ontario @

12pm-1:30pm:  Lunch (optional)

Unit 1-101)

1:30-3:30pm: Library & Gallery Tour


Nominations for 2019 Chapter Officers:

We are seeking nominations for the following Executive positions.

  • Chair: Kate Johnson
  • Student Representative: Michelle Johnson
  • Vice Chair
  • Treasurer
  • Secretary


Questions?  please contact arlisna.ontario @


Fall 2018 meeting – Save the Date!

Fall business meeting fall trees

It’s that time again!  The ARLIS/NA Ontario Fall 2018 Business Meeting will take place Friday, November 30th.

This season’s meeting with take place at Sheridan College’s Hazel McCallion Campus in Mississauga.

The agenda will include a visit to the HMC Library Services, including the Material ConneXion Library, a special collection featuring leading-edge material samples sourced world-wide by Material ConneXion, a global leader in material innovation and sustainability.

More details & registration to follow. In the meantime, check out the Facebook Event.

Hope to see you there!